Real Stories

“What access for all means to me is that people of all socioeconomic status can have the same opportunities for the best health possible.”

Meredith works part time between two spas as Licensed Massage Therapist and am is self-employed. She only earns around $9,000 and has student loans that supplement her income. She is a full time student of Master Public Health / disaster management- humanitarian relief at USF. She shares an apt with her older sister who receives […]

“It is So Important for Everyone to Have Health Insurance”

“You never know what can happen. It is so important for me and everyone else to have health insurance at all times because we need to be protected when things do happen.” John Harris finds himself in the coverage gap. John makes too little to be eligible for marketplace subsidies and tax credits and as […]

Loved One Gone Due To Lack of Health Care

“The man I loved when I was young is gone He died alone in a basement apartment of a heart attack at 58 An unexpected member of the working poor Former golden boy, graduate student in science far from his native shore Our children shine in academic and business successes But the echo of the […]

Home Health Care Workers Need Health Insurance

Gisselle King is a recruiter for home care workers. She interviews home care workers on a daily basis, and describes the majority of them as low income. Home care workers on average make about $10/hour. They work long hours, deal with difficult individuals, and put a strain on their bodies due to heavy lifting. These […]

Uninsured, Hard at Work Cleaning Carpets

Susan Burns, 55, works hard cleaning carpets. She pays a mortgage. She pays taxes. But she doesn’t earn enough to be able to afford healthcare. “My husband and I are living hand to mouth. We haven’t had health insurance since 2004 when my husband lost his job with the county. At first I paid COBRA, […]

“I Want My Family To Be Healthy”

Maricela has been scared of medical expenses for years. She was finally able to get affordable health care coverage through the marketplace during open enrollment. She, her husband, and her two children all have health insurance. She is especially excited about having health insurance for her children, “my children are sick all the time, so […]

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 […]

“I Need to be Protected by Health Care Coverage.”

“You never know what can happen. It is so important for me and everyone else to have health insurance at all times because we need to be protected when things do happen.” John Harris finds himself in the coverage gap. John makes too little to be eligible for marketplace subsidies and tax credits and as […]

After 15 Years, Finally Insured!

Norma Fernandez moved to Florida in 2000. She moved from Spain to take care of her mother. Norma was used to a comfortable life while she lived in Spain. She was financially stable, and never had to worry about health care coverage. She stated, “In Spain, if you work, you are covered 100 percent.” That […]

“I Can’t Afford a Doctor’s Visit When I Need it Most.”

“I can’t afford a regular doctor’s visit when I need it most.” Gail Jones is one of the nearly million that is stuck in the coverage gap. Gail recently had an allergic reaction to hair dye, a product she has used all her life, and needed medical care. She went to her provider and was […]