Anthony John Lewis is a 54-year-old native Floridian whose part-time job in janitorial services doesn’t offer health insurance. He doesn’t qualify for Medicaid under the state’s stringent requirements either.
Although his HIV medications are covered under a federal grant, routine, preventive care or hospitalizations aren’t covered. If Florida expanded Medicaid, as have 38 other states, Lewis would have the healthcare he needs to stay healthy and continue working to support his family.
“Now, if I have any serious problems, I would be very afraid to go to the ER again,” Lewis said.
Lewis is grateful for the medications and healthcare he receives from federal Ryan White Act funding and the Orange County Health Department. But he needs actual health insurance that would cover him for all his healthcare needs and hospitalizations that would come with expanded Medicaid in Florida, both for peace of mind and to stay healthy.
Now, during the COVID-19 health crisis that is gripping the world, Anthony is worried he may have been exposed because he has not stopped working to self-quarantine. He was able to get tested once; but he is regularly re-exposed. He is a little worried the cold he’s fighting is COVID-19.
“I think I’ll be alright. I hope it’s just a cold,” he said.
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