Posted on: February 6, 2019

Kelci’s Story


Bainbridge Island, WA

Kelci Mumford is a big advocate for Washington Apple Health (Medicaid).

Not only did Apple Health cover health conditions she long had, like asthma and chronic back pain, it also covered the entire cost of her autism spectrum disorder (ASD) assessment. She had been told by health care providers she may be on the spectrum, but she didn’t have the money to take the assessment, which could cost upwards of $2,500 out of pocket.

Kelci had previously struggled with maintaining employment and had difficulties in other areas of her life. Autism is a developmental disorder causing difficulty with social communication and interacting with others, with the potential to hurt the person’s ability to function normally. Symptoms of ASD can vary widely in diagnosed individuals, which is why it’s referred to as a “spectrum” disorder.

Learning about her ASD was a huge step in getting the care she needed to live a more productive life. It opened up the door to better understanding her behaviors and experiences, recognizing and pursuing career options more aligned with her strengths, and helped with receiving more effective mental health care services.