Health insurance benefits are a job perk Julie Verschoore enjoyed as a marketing account executive. But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, her job and her health insurance ended.
Julie contacted the Florida Health Justice Project seeking help for health care needs and medical debt.
“I have no income as a result of COVID and can not afford to go to the doctor or pay for my prescriptions,” she wrote. ‘”Health care would help greatly.”
Julie was provided a list of low-cost or free public health clinics. These facilities and some hospitals receive federal funds to provide health care to the uninsured but they still require copays for visits, medicines and tests. She was also provided information on free COVID test sites and advised that treatment for COVID-19 is supposed to be covered by the federal government without surprise billing.
Until the economy rebounds and she can find a new job – hopefully one with a good health insurance plan – Julie says she’ll have to depend on Florida’s safety net programs, rent assistance grants and food donations. And hope she doesn’t get the virus.
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