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 Disease Progresses

A Lifeline

Shari C. / Dayton, Ohio

Her story in four photos

“We all will need help some time in our lives. Medicaid helps me stay independent so that I can help others in need.”

Shari was born with cerebral palsy, a movement disorder that gradually makes it harder for her to walk, write, and control fine-motor movements. With her family’s support, Shari overcame these challenges and graduated college.

After college, Shari was hired by her local Goodwill, where she has worked in the public relations department for 18 years. Her mother and a local disability assistance group provided the day-to-day support she needed.

As Shari’s disease progressed, she started using a wheelchair. Her mother was getting older, and Shari knew she needed more assistance. Medicaid coverage now provides a home visiting assistant, helping her to live independently.

“You may not have a disability right now—but keep living and you may have one, too. Mine just happened to come earlier than most,” Shari said. “Medicaid lets me keep working to improve life for people with disabilities.”

Video: Hear Shari's Story in Her Own Words