That’s Medicaid
Health insurance coverage provides people with access to the care they need—when they need it. That’s Medicaid shares stories of people helped by Medicaid at critical points in their lives.

A Financial and Personal Lifeline

A Lifeline

Theresa G. / Helena, Montana

Her story in four photos

“I am grateful for [Medicaid] because I can live on my own.”


When Theresa’s foster parents began caring for her shortly after birth the doctors said she was a healthy baby girl. But when she was a toddler, they began noticing a lack of normal movement for someone her age, and Theresa was eventually diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy, a disorder that affects a person’s ability to maintain balance and posture.

Now in her 40s, Medicaid allows her to work and live independently, and do activities she enjoys such as swimming. It also provides her with speech, physical and occupational therapies, a wheelchair and the help of personal care attendants who assist with basic needs such as meal preparation, cleaning, dressing, and laundry.

The backing of Medicaid is a financial and personal lifeline for Theresa.

“Without Medicaid I would be broke,” she says. “I am grateful for it because I can live on my own."

Video: Hear Theresa's Story in Her Own Words