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 Insurance Is Lost

A Lifeline

Gail B. / South Holland, Illinois

Her story in five photos

Gail was diagnosed with treatable breast cancer at age 47. Toward the end of her treatment, she lost her job—and her employer-sponsored insurance.

Diagnosed with breast cancer

Registered nurse Gail was already a cervical cancer survivor when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 47.

Radiation left her exhausted

Radiation left her exhausted and with oozing underarm burns, but she felt fortunate to have insurance. But then her employer restructured while she was undergoing treatment, and Gail lost her job and her health insurance.

Radiation left her exhausted
Treatment through Medicaid

Gail never thought she’d need Medicaid. But the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program was a needed lifeline. She received her remaining treatment through Medicaid.

Returned to the workforce

Gail returned to the workforce cancer-free a few months later. These days, she also volunteers as an ambassador for other breast cancer survivors.

Returned to the workforce

“Fortunately I wasn’t on Medicaid long,” Gail said. “But when I really needed it, it was there for me. It supported me through a time of crisis.”