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 Work to Live an Independent Life

A Lifeline

Alecia B. / Mason City, Iowa

Her story in four photos

“I need extra help because of my disability. Medicaid gives me freedom.”

Alecia was born with Down Syndrome, a lifelong condition that comes with physical and developmental challenges.

Iowa’s Medicaid coverage empowers Alecia to live independently, including funding a coach who helps her develop skills with everyday tasks like grocery shopping, cooking and exercise.

Alecia lives alone and supports herself by working part-time at a local grocery store. She’s saving money so she can afford a car to get around.

“I need extra help because of my disability. Medicaid gives me freedom.”