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 Home Is an Opportunity

A Lifeline

Nicholas J. / Arlington, Virginia

His story in four photos

“Medicaid benefits allowed hope for a more independent and adult future than I could have achieved alone.”

Nicholas requires some extra assistance with daily activities as a result of his autism, such as cleaning, cooking, and exercising. But that hasn’t stopped him from living a full, independent life. He is a proud COVID-19 front-line worker who arrives early in the morning three days a week at his job in a grocery store.

Nicholas lives on his own and credits Medicaid with helping to make that possible. A waiver program covers all of his caretakers and provides him with transportation to and from his job.

With necessary services covered, Nicholas is able to take part in a wide range of activities in his community, from his job to a book club to yoga. His wish is that others can find a similar path toward independence.

“I think the message I want to convey is hope,” Nicholas says. “Medicaid benefits allowed hope for a more independent and adult future than I could have achieved alone. And I’m so grateful.”