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 You Need to Bounce Back

A Lifeline

Theresa G. / Lakewood, Washington

Her story in four photos

“Medicaid helped a lot for those unexpected things you don’t see coming.”

After Theresa and her family relocated from Tennessee to her home state of Washington, her two-year-old daughter became very ill. A high fever resulted in visits to an urgent care clinic and a pediatric emergency unit.

Fortunately the family had temporarily enrolled in Medicaid, which covered her daughter’s wellness and virtual speech development appointments, as well as Theresa’s own prenatal care. The backstop Medicaid provided for the family during this transition was vital.

Theresa found a job as an education counselor at a military base and will have health insurance through that position, no longer needing Medicaid.

“Medicaid helped a lot for those unexpected things you don’t see coming,” Theresa says. “Thankfully it was there when we needed it, so we didn’t have to choose between health care and other essentials like paying rent while I transitioned to a new job.”