Real Stories

Happy to have “real” insurance now

Marty Riordian saw an ad in the newspaper that a Navigator for the Health Insurance Marketplace would be holding an enrollment event at a local library. He jumped at the chance to meet with a Navigator to discuss the possibility of getting a new health insurance plan. “I have a catastrophic plan and I wanted […]

Special Olympics Gold Medalist Left Uninsured

As a child, Matt Ross won medals in the Special Olympics. Today, he is a 23 year old part-time worker who has been denied Medicaid as it stands in Florida. Matt is living with autism. Even though he has a developmental disability, he has been denied Medicaid because he is considered fully functional. Matt works […]

Stroke Victim’s Family Happy He Finally Has Health Insurance

Theresa, 58, purchased health insurance for her son who was recently hospitalized with a stroke. He needs health insurance now for doctor visits on a regular basis. She stated, “My son never went to the doctor because he didn’t want medical bills he could not pay. Having a stroke out of nowhere is what prompted […]

Forced into Early Retirement, and Left Uninsured!

Jerry Knipp, 62, of Lake County is grateful for being able to enroll in the health care marketplace this enrollment period. He shares, “I am so thankful to the navigator who helped me apply for health care coverage. She was so humble, friendly and knowledgeable, and made enrolling a smooth process.” Mr. Knipp spent the […]

Carol Got Covered

Carol DiCarlo, 57, has been without insurance since moving to Florida from New York in 2008. Carol works full-time at season positions waiting tables in Florida during the winter and in New York during the summer. She relocated to Florida to be closer to her son and his family, but when she arrived, she realized […]

(Video) Gap Consumer shares her story: It is not a factor of being lazy

Alison King is a very grateful patient of the Brandon Outreach Clinic near Tampa, Florida. She relies on the free health services of volunteer medical staff at Brandon to help her manage her many health issues. Alison sat down at the Brandon Outreach Clinic in September 2014 to share her story with community members and […]

Newly Insured – For the First Time

When Joan Gordon, 49, chose a health plan for her family on the exchange, it is the first time her family has ever had health insurance. “We’ve always paid cash for our medical visits. And I know we don’t get care as good as we will now that we have insurance,” says a relieved Joan. […]

Irene Got Covered and Shared Her Very Personal Story

Hello. My name is Irene Jacusis and I would like to share with you my healthcare success story. Earlier this year I lost my husband to a very aggressive cancer. Neither one of us had insurance prior to him getting ill and as a result, he put off going to the doctor as long as […]

Divorcee’ finds affordable care through Florida’s healthcare exchange

During her married years, Joyce Dauby, 59, health insurance was never a question. She always had access to affordable healthcare either through her work or through her husband’s employer. “When my husband and I were going through our divorce I needed health insurance until I could find full-time employment. Presently I’m working on getting my […]

Mid-life career change creates struggles to afford healthcare

Laurie Pinna is unemployed. It’s a unique situation for the 49 year old who has worked in retail for 30 years. “I’ve gone through my savings and find myself struggling financially.” A full time student at USF finishing her degree in Information Technology, Laurie feels strongly that if she is ever to have better job […]