Guliet Prince, a 39-year-old mother, lives with her husband and children in northwest Miami-Dade County. She is a part-time distribution center employee. Her employer doesn’t provide healthcare.
Ms. Prince was told that her policy would cost $800 in monthly premiums. “I couldn’t afford that,” Prince said. “It was so hard to hear this. I didn’t know where to turn for help. I wanted to quit my job to be able to get health insurance again. And now, with COVID and the dangers of getting the virus at work, I am tempted. But I couldn’t, of course, because I need to help support my family. It is hard to live this way. And even more stressful in the time of COVID. It’s like a see-saw.”
Ms. Prince said she wants to share her story because she said she knows there are other women, other teens, other families like hers in Miami and Florida, struggling to raise their families, worried of getting sick and having nowhere to turn, afraid of not being able to work if they get sick.
“If Florida expanded Medicaid like other states did, I would have health insurance,” Prince said. “Working poor people in Florida, people like me who work in stores, or clean houses, people who earn minimum wage, people who work part-time – we would all qualify for Medicaid.”