Kristi

Photos by Grace Young Photography A former nurse, Kristi had to stop working when the pain from her health conditions became too much to bear. [pullquote align=”left” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”I can almost only eat yogurt.”[/pullquote] Right now, Kristi’s digestive problems make it a struggle to eat. She also has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which hurts…

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Kevin

Kevin qualifies for health insurance, but his wife is not as lucky. She was disabled by a bicycle accident as a young child, but does not qualify for Social Security. Kevin’s disability benefits are not enough to meet the couple’s most basic needs, much less purchase his wife a private health insurance policy without any…

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Bob

Bob Amey and his wife, Mary, went through chemotherapy together a few years ago when they both had cancer. “There we were, hanging on. Hanging on to each other,” Bob explains. A veteran who owned a local repair shop for years, Bob was diagnosed with lung cancer just after starting a new job. To fight…

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Marcia

Photos by Grace Young Photography When Marcia’s three children were growing up, she worked hard at night because she couldn’t afford child care. After losing her job, she now can’t afford to see a doctor and fix the ailments that cost her her job. Marcia cares for her adult son who is disabled, and wants…

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Amanda

Amanda is a Nebraskan whose hands know how to do hard work. After Hurricane Katrina struck Mississippi, Amanda moved there to work and help with the recovery. A couple years ago, she was working 60 hours a week as a restaurant manager when she developed an auto-immune disorder, but without health insurance she couldn’t afford tests…

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Elias

Photo by Grace Young Photography After working as an interpreter for the U.S. Army, Elias feared his family would be the targets of violence. So he, his wife, and their two young children moved to Nebraska from their home in Iraq and now are part of Lincoln’s Yazidi refugee community. His AmeriCorps volunteer position does…

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Erica

Photo by Grace Young Photography Erica and her husband are trying to grow their small business while raising their two young children, a task made much harder without health insurance. Erica’s husband is a cancer survivor, but without regular check-ups, she worries if the cancer returns, they won’t know until it’s too late. Erica herself…

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Bambi

Hard work doesn’t always mean being able to afford health insurance, as with small business owners who have fluctuating incomes. Bambi and her husband work hard for the small painting and home improvement business they own, but have been uninsured for more than a decade. Bambi and her husband feel fortunate their two children are…

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Denise

Photo by Grace Young Photography As the result of past spousal abuse, Denise suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which has left her unable to work consistently. She currently receives Medicaid through what’s called a “spend down,” which means to qualify for insurance, she has to spend so much of her income on medical needs that…

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Jeff

Jeff is a hard-working Nebraskan who knows it sometimes takes going to great lengths just to make ends meet. His contract work sometimes isn’t enough to pay the bills, so in the past, it’s been money from donating plasma that let him make the rent or keep the lights on. Life has been even tougher…

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Paulette

Photo by Grace Young Photography Lincoln resident Paulette Jones receives Social Security Retirement, but these benefits do not provide her with medical assistance.  After her other basic needs are met, she has no money leftover to put toward health insurance.  Despite this, she doesn’t qualify for Medicaid, but she also doesn’t make enough money to…

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LaDonna

LaDonna was working full-time and had little trouble making ends meet until around eight years ago when she developed kidney problems that gradually worsened. Her health troubles quickly took a toll on her finances. “I had so many medical bills I had to file bankruptcy all due to bills from being sick,” she said. After…

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Sarah

Sarah Parker has worked hard throughout her life to try to ensure she could provide for herself and her loved ones. She graduated college in Nebraska and has lived and worked here for more than 20 years. But, a few years ago, Sarah made a difficult choice. When her father got ill, Sarah cut back…

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Tracy

Photo by Grace Young Photography Tracy and her husband are part of the thousands of hard-working farmers and ranchers who make up the backbone of Nebraska’s economy. However, they can’t afford health insurance, which is particularly dangerous with the physical demands of a ranch. “I thought I broke my arm last week working cattle,” Tracy…

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