Christy Travis was born with severe disabilities. For 35 years her mother, Jamie, has served as her full-time, at-home caregiver. Christy is able to live at home near her family’s love and support thanks to the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas (UHC) and its assistance helping eligible Texans find affordable Medicaid and Medicare plans.
Christy is non-verbal, non-ambulatory and has impaired intellectual and physical development. However, she expresses pain and joy, loves the color purple and enjoys holding babies. Keeping Christy where she is happiest is Jamie’s priority. When she was advised to move Christy to a state institution at 11 years old, she chose to use personal resources enhanced by UHC to instead care for her daughter at home.
Although the Travis family is able to care for Christy at home, Jamie is aware many families do not have that option.
“I’m blessed,” says Jamie. “Our state-provided services are a lifeline.”
Jaime qualifies for Medicaid and receives waivers for being an at-home caregiver for her daughter. These waivers cover Christy’s monthly in-home nursing visits, dental care and medical supplies.
In addition to helping people living with disabilities, the UHC Community Plan also offers health care benefits for mothers and babies, children up to the age of 19, adults, seniors and families who qualify for Medicaid.