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 Recover from a Rocky Start

A Lifeline

Matthew W. / Anchorage, Alaska

His story in four photos

I am very thankful for all the services [Medicaid] can provide.”

Matthew is an Alaska Native of Yupik descent and a member of the Kasigluk Tribe. Born with fetal alcohol syndrome, he was in foster care early in his life and has been on Medicaid for much of his 26 years.

After being adopted, Medicaid provided Matthew with the medical care and behavioral health services he required as a child for his anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from abusive situations in the foster care system.

The program in Alaska provides Matthew with medication and transportation services for shopping and other needs, as well as support for his assisted-living housing, which gives him a sense of independence.

“I rely on Medicaid a lot,” he says. “Without it I would have no backup plan. I am very thankful for all the services it can provide.”