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 Support Means a Future

A Lifeline

Sabrina M. / Albuquerque, New Mexico

Her story in four photos

“Medicaid saved me because I was going through a really hard time.”

Sabrina, who plans to become a doctor, says her experience as a Medicaid recipient informed how she sees the U.S. health care system. Now a junior at the University of New Mexico, she has been on Medicaid since qualifying as a full-time student.

“My experience has opened my eyes about how hard getting health coverage can be,” she says.

In Sabrina’s first year with the program her care needs were relatively limited. But in late 2020 she began to have pain in her stomach that resulted in many visits to the doctor before she ended up in the emergency room. Medicaid made her medical care and medications affordable.

“Medicaid saved me because I was going through a really hard time,” she says. “It takes away a big stressor.”