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 Recovery Is Made Accessible

A Lifeline

Robert R. / Oakhurst, New Jersey

His story in four photos

“[Medicaid] has been better than I ever expected.”

Robert had health insurance intermittently throughout his life before a bladder infection in 2017 left him in the hospital and in need of surgery. He obtained temporary Medicaid there and eventually received full-time coverage upon being discharged.

Robert had jobs on a horse farm and at a racetrack in New Jersey, but those were often seasonal positions that did not come with benefits. The program is helping him with health issues such as addiction, depression, and high cholesterol, providing medication, doctor visits, and therapy needed for his conditions.

“Medicaid has been a godsend,” he says. “It is better than anything I ever expected.”

Robert sings the praises of the therapists that have been treating him and the follow-up they provide. “It is probably the greatest thing ever,” he says. “It gives you the best feeling and emotions that any human being can possibly have.”

Video: Hear Robert's Story in His Own Words