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.
“It brought me such peace to not have to worry about my health care.”
Following the economic downturn in 2008, cancer survivor Linda was routinely underemployed after working in a plant nursery for years, and her husband lost his job—and the health insurance that came with it.
After the Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid in their state in 2010, Linda was able to sign up for health coverage through the program. “I had so much anxiety about how to pay for health care. We were going through all our money, and we thought, ‘This is not right,’” Linda says.
Linda returned to school to get a degree that helped her find a high-school teaching job in urban agriculture. Because the position does not provide benefits, Medicaid is necessary for her to get preventive cancer screenings and fundamental care.
“Medicaid really provides such a baseline for society,” Linda says. “It maintained my health so I was able to continue working.”