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 assistance.
Kevin and his wife make ends meet by visiting food pantries to help stretch their budget. But they have other worries, including his wife’s need for dentures and a family history of breast cancer. Although there are free programs that can screen for breast cancer, there is no available medical intervention if cancer is detected. Consequently, Kevin’s wife hasn’t seen a doctor in nearly three years.
Affordable health insurance would allow Kevin’s wife to get the medication she needs and get preventive screenings to monitor the possibility of cancer, knowing that their family will be able to take care of her health no matter what happens.