Mika was injured in a car accident and had to stop working. Without income, Mika did not qualify for a health care marketplace subsidy, making health insurance unaffordable.
I was devastated that I wasn’t able to get help when I desperately needed it. After the car accident I needed x-rays and physical therapy, but I didn’t make enough money to qualify for assistance. And, because Florida has refused to expand Medicaid coverage for low-income adults, I had no way of affording insurance. As a result, I had to forego the medical attention I knew I needed and I worry about what that will mean in the future.
Going from being insured to being uninsured is a life-changer and no one should go without coverage. We all have a right to health care, no matter how little you make, no matter what type of life you lead. Florida must expand Medicaid to cover individuals like me who are trying to be responsible and take care of our health. Healthy individuals make a stronger community. I hope sharing my story can help make the case that it is way past time for Florida to expand Medicaid.
The Florida Health Justice Project, a nonprofit organization, recognizes that access to quality and affordable health care is a human right and engages in comprehensive advocacy to expand health care access and promote health equity for vulnerable Floridians.
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