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 the Future Looks Uncertain

A Lifeline

Maria P. / West Fargo, North Dakota

Her story in four photos

“Medicaid will be there to take care of so many aspects of my son’s life that are uncertain and scary.”

Maria’s son Tyler was diagnosed with Sotos syndrome shortly after his birth, a condition that can result in overgrowth and delayed development. His parents signed up for Medicaid through assistance at the hospital and the program has supported him since.

Maria says he frequently has doctor appointments and requires new leg braces every year, as well as a specialized hearing aid and extensive surgeries—which are covered by a combination of Medicaid and private insurance.

Maria takes care of Tyler full time while his father works as a truck driver, often six days a week. Because of her family’s experience Maria became a parent-advocate for Medicaid and has provided guidance to others who are new to the program.

“There are so many aspects of his life that are uncertain and scary,” Maria says. “Medicaid will be there to take care of some of that.”

Video: Hear Maria and Tyler's Story