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.

When a Chronic Condition Turns Critical

A Lifeline

Paul G. / West Valley City, Utah

His story in four photos

”Medicaid was there to help save my life when I really needed it.”

In 2007, Paul was uninsured because his kidney disease was considered a pre-existing condition. Paul visited the doctor when he could, paying out-of-pocket, and hoped for the best.

An appointment revealed Paul needed an immediate kidney transplant, but he couldn’t afford the life-saving surgery Paul’s community raised more than $13,000 dollars for him, but it wasn’t nearly enough. Paul applied for Medicaid.

Paul was approved for Medicaid, which covered his successful transplant surgery, and the follow-up care he needed to get back on his feet. A year and a half after surgery, Paul met his wife. They now have two sons and are privately insured.

“Medicaid gave me life,” Paul said. “Without it, I wouldn’t have lived to meet my wife or had the opportunity to marry her. We wouldn’t have our two beautiful boys.”

Video: Hear Paul's Story in His Own Words