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Mon Jul 30, 2012, 05:30 PM

Local teen lobbies Congress to stop cuts to Medicaid

While many teenagers were sitting on the couch for summer vacation, a Bay area teen spent his summer lobbying members of Congress.

Back in 1995, Hunter Ratcliffe, who is now 17, was the first patient at All Children's Hospital to get a heart transplant. Since then he has gone from the hospital to the football and soccer fields.

Now he's an advocate for the Children's Hospital Association, trying to make sure all children can get the medical help they need.

I tried to persuade them to fight for us because we really need Medicaid for us, Ratcliffe said.

Ratcliffe went to Washington to meet with members of Congress about the possibility of billions of dollars being cut from Medicaid over the next 10 years. He said that funding is what helps keep children like him alive.


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