After a lifetime of security and serenity living in her own home, Kelly Percival’s life was jolted into crisis after an unfortunate accident left her hobbling and a global pandemic left her unemployed.
In desperation, she looked into early retirement but discovered that retiring now would only provide $800 a month, not enough to cover her $1300 mortgage payment, much less pay for health insurance until she qualifies for Medicare at 65.
Kathy needs health coverage now! But because she lives in Florida, one of the 13 states that has refused federal funding for coverage of low income adults, she cannot afford the health care she needs in order to keep working: physical therapy; medication for her chronic migraines and stomach pains ( which have gotten worse under the stress of the pandemic and unemployment); and treatment for recurrent sinus infections that require doctor’s visits to get antibiotics.
At age 62, she cannot wait another three years for insurance.
“Thank goodness I don’t have any other serious health issues,” Kathy says. I’m doing my best to stay healthy. I have to take care of myself because I can’t afford to get sick.”