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.
“There are many people who need Medicaid because they’ve experienced negative health outcomes solely because they cannot access health insurance.”
Andre was diagnosed with sickle cell disease (SCD) when he was a child. SCD is a genetic blood disorder and is the most common inherited blood disorder in the United States, primarily affecting Black and Hispanic people.
After turning 23, Andre was no longer able to afford his medication and proper care, resulting in a near-death experience that left him in a coma.
Medicaid allows Andre access to the care he needs to treat SCD without having to choose between paying rent or buying the medication that keeps him alive.
“Having Medicaid gives me peace of mind,” Andre says. “There was a time where I almost died because I did not have healthcare coverage. There are many people who need Medicaid because they’ve experienced negative health outcomes solely because they cannot access health insurance.”