From: Judyth B., Writewordsinc@yahoo. com, MN
After getting kicked off MinnesotaCare (along with about 100,000 other Minnesotans), I began using a free clinic but did not receive blood tests, which would have shown deteriorating kidneys. Had I known, it would have enabled me to begin a dietary regime that would have helped, although better diabetes control with medications would have helped more. Thus, I am now living with one-fourth of the normal kidney function, and will likely be on a waiting list for a transplant in the future. I am now old enough for Medicare and UCare (a nonprofit health plan in Minnesota and Wisconsin for seniors and people with low incomes or disabilities), and when I need a transplant, it will be much more costly than monitoring and meds would have been on MinnesotaCare.