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 Services Foster Future Possibilities

A Lifeline

Aliyah Z. / Hammond, Louisiana

Her story in four photos

“Medicaid has been a great pathway to have stability in my life.”

A college graduate and social worker in her mid-20s, Aliyah spent part of her youth in the Louisiana foster care system, which allowed her to access Medicaid services.

She now puts her time and energy into ensuring those in her community—including a sibling—are able to realize the benefits of Medicaid and receive its services. Aliyah says that persistence and learning to navigate the Medicaid system can be challenging, but in the end, the program is valuable.

In recent years it has covered a needed surgery and all her vision needs that are crucial to her well-being.

“Medicaid has been a great pathway to have stability in my life,” Aliyah says. “It is a great benefit to provide health coverage for those who can’t afford it or can’t work or whatever the case may be.”

Video: Hear Aliyah's Story in Her Own Words