In spite of her health challenges, Sandra moved to Florida in 2018 to take full-time care of her mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, and her brother, who is blind and autistic, both of whom would likely be in a nursing home, at significant expense to Florida taxpayers, if not for Sandra’s
full time care.
Sandra needs to see a pulmonologist once a year for her sarcoidosis, an ophthalmologist once a year for the detached retinas, and a cardiologist every six months. Unfortunately, it has been over a year and a half since she has seen any doctor, and she worries about her health. “Having health insurance would lift a lot of stress and depression,” she says. Were it not for her Medicaid coverage while in New York, Sandra may not have had access to the healthcare that diagnosed her sarcoidosis. Now, with no coverage, and no path to coverage, she has lost her connection to the healthcare she desperately needs.
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