Posted on: December 4, 2017

Renae’s Story


Bellingham, WA

Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) saved Renae’s life. Even after a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, she didn’t have insurance or a primary care physician. Renae had no idea how to manage it, and rarely had the medications she needed. Without insurance, her insulin prescriptions were easily $800 per month, not including testing and dosing supplies. Renae learned about Apple Health while visiting a Department of Social and Health Services office to speak to someone about the health care she desperately needed. The social worker helped her apply for Apple Health on, and find the numbers to call and locations of providers in the area. Soon she had an appointment with a primary care physician. Since then, Renae has found a career at a non-profit organization serving Apple Health clients, giving back to her community in the form of social services. She no longer needs Apple Health, but when she did, it allowed her to get her health in order so she could live a happy, productive life.