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 Fresh Start is Full of Setbacks

A Lifeline

John C. & Bernie V. / Silver Spring, MD

Their story in four photos

“Medicaid not only saved Bernie’s life, Medicaid allowed us to keep a roof over our heads.”

Partners John and Bernie were homeless and had no access to healthcare. During this time, Bernie had his first of two heart attacks.

Caseworkers from a Maryland non-profit helped them enroll in Medicaid. Without Medicaid, Bernie would not have been able to afford his hospital stay and follow-up care. The couple eventually found housing and jobs and joined their employers’ health insurance.

As a result of the pandemic, they both lost their jobs, so they re-enrolled in Medicaid. That same year, John broke his femur, and Bernie had another heart attack. The couple believes without Medicaid to help with medical expenses they were at risk for homelessness once again.

Now both have full-time jobs and will soon have access to their employers’ health insurance. “Medicaid not only saved Bernie’s life,” John says. “Medicaid allowed us to keep a roof over our heads,” John says.

Video: Hear John & Bernie's Story in Their Own Words