Working as a self-employed hair and nail stylist since June of 2013, Cat is 36 years old and makes less than $7,000 a year. Unfortunately, this is not enough for Cat to afford health insurance without assistance. When she went to a navigator to try signing up for health insurance through the Marketplace, she found she didn’t qualify for subsidies but would have qualified for Medicaid had it been expanded.
Cat is very concerned about being uninsured and says she “can’t afford to be sick.” Without medical coverage, Cat can’t afford regular, preventive trips to the doctor or prescriptions when she is sick. Without access to this basic level of care, Cat says she has to rely on emergency medical care and limit trips to the doctor. Having quality, affordable health insurance would give Cat “less stress in her life” and allow her to remain healthy.