Posted on: February 24, 2020

Kayleigh’s Story



In 2014, Kayleigh and a friend had just finished summiting a mountain when they could see a thunderstorm rapidly rolling in.

She and her friend scrambled down the mountain to get out of the storm and came across a ledge of loose shale. While navigating down, the rock Kayleigh clung to crumbled in her hands resulting in a fall that broke her pelvis. It took search and rescue over three hours to locate and transport them to the hospital.

During Kayleigh’s year long journey back to health, she turned 26 and could no longer stay on her parent’s health insurance. Finding a job while in recovery was difficult. With the added worry of having no health insurance, Kayleigh began experiencing anxiety that interfered with her daily life.

Kayleigh applied for Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) online at Washington Healthplanfinder and was approved for free health care. She was able to continue with her physical therapy treatments, and found counseling for her anxiety without worrying about how to pay for it.