Edwin Rivera, age 24, knows he would probably die if he returned to his native Honduras but some days the struggle and worry his family endures in Miami has him considering the risk.
His former employer told him there may be part-time work for him if businesses reopen. Though it’s not as much money as he used to make, after months of unsuccessfully looking for a job he would be grateful for any income.
Edwin should qualify for Medicaid, the federal program created to help in times of need, such as the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused massive unemployment amid an acute health care crisis. Through the Health Justice STORIES Project, Edwin was advised how to apply for Medicaid as well as provided a list of health clinics that provide free testing and free or low-fee health care services.
“I want to stay healthy so I can work and support my family,” Edwin said. “And feel safe again in my new home.