Claudia is a 77-year-old immigrant from Mexico. She and her husband, who has knee problems, mostly stay at home. Her grandchildren all live outside of Colorado and even though Claudia likes her community, she prefers to keep to herself.
Why is Medicaid important to you?
"We use Medicaid for everything we need medical attention for, and we only have to pay a small price sometimes, like when we go to the dentist. It helps us very much. We have no illness-except for my husband's knee. He just got an operation. The doctors provided good care and helped him a lot."
What would you say to people who claim that our state can't afford to pay for Medicaid anymore?
"I'd say it is a real strength that the system helps people with what they need, and we need Medicaid. There are so many people that depend on it. Here, in government housing, we depend on these systems. I don't even want to think about what would happen if they cut Medicaid. It would destroy us all!"
*The name has been changed.