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 Tragedy Strikes

A Lifeline

Tom S. / Dayton, Ohio

His story in four photos

“If I didn’t have Medicaid, I wouldn’t have been able to see a therapist and get mental health treatment. I’d probably be dead.”

Tom was a successful insurance agent with a college degree and a six-figure salary. He owned his business and his home.

But when he tragically lost his parents to a car accident and his sister to cancer in the span of 16 days, things spiraled. Afflicted with mental health issues, Tom lost everything. He moved into a homeless shelter.

Tom applied for Medicaid, which covered therapy to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder and kidney cancer treatment. He is now back on his feet, working full-time at a local grocery store and living in his own apartment.

“If I didn’t have Medicaid, I wouldn’t have been able to see a therapist and get treated for my mental health,” Tom said. “Because of Medicaid, for the first time in 20 years, I am happy.”