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 Coverage Is Lost Overnight

A Lifeline

Susan B. / Cranston, Rhode Island

Her story in four photos

“Medicaid is literally saving my life.”

Susan was employed by the same business for 21 years. But when her company made cuts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Susan was let go from her job just a few years away from being able to access Medicare services.

Overnight Susan no longer had access to the insurance that covered the care she needed for her blood pressure problem and kidney disease. “I can’t go more than a week or so without feeling at risk due to my preexisting conditions,” she says.

Susan turned to the Rhode Island state insurance marketplace for help and was surprised to learn she qualified for Medicaid, which brought her such relief she broke into tears. In just half an hour she went from having no health insurance to support affording important medical care.

“I am so grateful Medicaid was there when I really needed it,” Susan says. “It’s literally saving my life.”

Video: Hear Susan's Story in Her Own Words