As told by a Certified Application Counselor in Southeast Ohio:
“We had a man seek assistance for health insurance. He was referred to us by a local hospital and pharmacy. The man worked construction and was a very independent man. However, he became sick, weak and eventually seriously injured. He was increasingly getting worse over a few months and eventually he experienced difficulty working. The gentleman went to the emergency room on a couple different occasions. He was becoming discouraged, in constant pain, and once he would no longer be able to work he would no longer be able to afford health insurance, his medical bills or living expenses.
However, after meeting with the Certified Application Counselors he confessed all he really needed was to opportunity to have surgery and to be placed on a regular medication regiment. We were able to get this man health insurance assistance through Medicaid while he was reducing his workload and preparing for surgery. Once the man received Medicaid, he was able to become established with a primary care physician, he was able to get the surgery he needed, and he was placed on the medications necessary to become healthy again. Medicaid continued to cover him while he took the necessary leave from work he needed to recover.
After the man made a full recovery from his surgery he was able to return back to work. He was no longer eligible for Medicaid after he returned to work, but he no longer needed the Medicaid health insurance. He was able to get back on his feet and return to the job he loved because Medicaid was there to help him when he needed it the most. He told us he was appreciative, Medicaid was there when he needed it, and he had no idea where he would be without Medicaid.”