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 Participate in the Community

A Lifeline

Maddy K. / Columbus, Ohio

Her story in four photos

“Medicaid has provided so much for me.”

Medicaid provides essential transportation to Maddy, a 23-year-old who has Asperger syndrome. Because of this assistance she is able to work two part-time jobs, volunteer frequently, and be part of a community organization for those with disabilities.

Maddy is helped by Ohio’s Medicaid Level One Waiver plan, which is for people who do not need many paid support staff to provide services. It offers everything from home-delivered meals to money management, in addition to the transportation her family truly relies on.

Now a graduate from a state university program for students with special needs, Maddy has a combination of health coverage from her parents and Medicaid. Her jobs as a teacher’s assistant at a preschool and at a coffee shop do not provide the coverage she needs, but employer health insurance in the future is not out of the question.

“Medicaid has been beneficial in every aspect,” she says. “It has provided so much for me.”

Video: Hear Maddy's Story in Her Own Words