Real Stories

Former Construction Worker Shares His Gap Story

John Davis, 48, of Port Charlotte, FL is uninsured and not working. John, like thousands of others in Florida is stuck in the disgraceful coverage gap. He does not qualify for coverage through the marketplace exchange, nor does he qualify for Medicaid coverage. He is living with severe health issues that are taking a detrimental […]

“Let my voice and my story be heard by others…”

Tarika Collins is a survivor. At 45, she has survived a rapid transformation that has seen her life change from working as a corporate travel agent to working through a labyrinth of severe heart conditions, nerve damage in her back and neck, and bouts of depression, anxiety, panic attacks and agoraphobia. Tarika suffered a heart […]

(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 […]

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 […]

Young graduate student needs access to health care

Menat applied to the Health Insurance Marketplace in December 2013. She was deemed ineligible for the Marketplace due to her low income, leaving any full-price plan unaffordable. Menat is a full-time graduate student studying speech language pathology at a large university in Florida. She has been uninsured for over two years and lost access to […]

Catastrophic Health Policy for Cancer Treatment Leaves Huge Gaps in Coverage

Gene M., 58, is finding his way step by step through the healthcare wilderness. He has cancer and needs a hernia operation, none of which are covered under his catastrophic health policy. He has no dependents so he doesn’t qualify for Medicaid. In 2012 his income was 85% of the Federal Poverty Line (FPL). “My […]

Medical Bills a Heavy Burden

At the age of 54, Laura Rasmussen of Coral Springs is very concerned about the future. After years in the furniture business, she and her husband were left scrambling for healthcare when the company she worked for went bankrupt in the Great Recession. “My husband and I purchased Cobra for a period of time after […]

Uninsured and No Hope for Access to Medicaid

While waiting in line for a free sandwich at the St. Vincent de Paul food panty, Robbie James, 46, dabbed steadily at his red, watering left eye with a paper napkin; the rough texture adding subtle relief to an uncertain ailment. Robbie visits the panty by bike in the early morning for a free lunch […]

An Educator Speaks Out for Medicaid Expansion

“I’m right here in front of you. I am just one of more than a million faces of Floridians that need and deserve access to affordable health care through Medicaid expansion.” -J. Vincent Jean Vincent is an educator. Jean Vincent is a Floridian. Jean Vincent is uninsured- and speaking out for all Floridians. When Jean […]