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 Health Issues Persist

A Lifeline

Laticia A. / Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Her story in four photos

“I wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for Medicaid.”

Laticia grew up in the foster system, which gave her access to Medicaid coverage. The coverage has supported her through many hospital visits and provided needed medication for a number of gastrointestinal problems, as well as therapy for mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

Now age 24 with a bachelor’s degree in social work, she is working as a behavioral health specialist.

Laticia will soon transition to private insurance, but she remains an advocate for the services the program can provide.

“I wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for Medicaid,” she says. “I wouldn’t be able to afford the life-savings treatments that I’ve received through Medicaid.”

Video: Hear Laticia's Story in Her Own Words