What is Medicaid Covers US?
Medicaid Covers US is a public education project to create a conversation about Medicaid and the role it plays in the health and well-being of our families, friends and communities. Read the stories of Oklahomans below.
Medicaid is a vital health insurance plan that helps Oklahomans stay healthy, go to work and care for their families. Read and watch the stories below to hear from Oklahomans across the state who are able to use Medicaid to access the health coverage they need, as well as from Oklahomans who are unable to get the care they need because they don’t currently qualify for Medicaid coverage. You can also watch updated videos from storytellers about how important Medicaid is during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shana became a nurse midwife to help women get the care they need. Although many of her patients are eligible for Medicaid while they are pregnant, they do not qualify before or after pregnancy.
Shana knows that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to lost jobs, lost wages and lost health insurance, and is worried about the toll this will take on her patients.
Dr. Jackson is a family physician in a small town in rural Oklahoma. For her patients without health insurance, she does the best she can for them but it’s difficult to get them the preventive care they need to stay healthy.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Jackson has seen her patient population drastically decrease, and is worried about what the next few months will look like, especially for people who will lose their employer-sponsored health insurance.
Milly qualified for Medicaid during her pregnancy. After she gave birth to her son, she told her doctor about a lump in her breast and was soon diagnosed with cancer. Fortunately, she was able to keep her Medicaid coverage and get the treatment she needed.
As a pediatrician in rural Oklahoma, Dr. Effiong sees firsthand the importance of Medicaid not just for children, but for their parents, too.
Olakunle is a physician assistant at a non-profit community health center and sees the importance of Medicaid, as well as the dangers of not having health insurance, every day.