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.
“For him to have the resources he needs to be fully integrated into the community is priceless.”
Naomi enrolled in Medicaid after she lost her job when pregnant with her son Noah, who was born prematurely at just 26 weeks and lives with chronic and medically complex conditions that require round-the-clock care.
Noah’s Medicaid coverage is provided through a combination of innovative programs, including Georgia’s Right from the Start initiative for comprehensive health services and the Katie Beckett waiver program for children with complex medical needs. “These services keep him out of an institution and allow him to be a member of society and our community,” Naomi says.
Medicaid covers in-home attendants for Noah who help with daily activities, as well as a wheelchair, assistive communication devices, incontinence supplies, and medications. Naomi says an accessible vehicle that is partially covered by Medicaid has been particularly helpful for Noah to live a full life, giving him the opportunity to spend time with neurotypical peers he may not have been able to interact with otherwise.
“Just as much as we need the community, the community needs us,” Naomi says. “For people to see Noah and value us, beyond what he receives, is a collective benefit. The Medicaid programs we have been a part of have been able to foster that.”