Dee, Jefferson County

Dee is 50 years old and lives in Jefferson County. She works part-time and is a full-time caregiver to her 17-year-old daughter who has Down syndrome. Dee had health insurance through her husband’s employer. After he lost his job, the entire family qualified for Medicaid. Dee’s husband passed away several years ago, and she began receiving survivor benefits. She is no longer eligible for Medicaid. Two years ago, Dee applied for insurance through the Marketplace. She purchased a plan but was soon unable to afford the high deductible and monthly premium. Dee is now without health insurance. In April, Dee went to the ER for her high blood pressure. Doctors diagnosed her with diabetes. In addition, Dee noticed blood in her urine, has an undiagnosed kidney condition, and chronic asthma. Luckily, she was able to apply for financial assistance through Mercy Hospital for her treatment. However, she still struggles to pay off the mounting medical debt. Her survivor benefits and the little she makes working part-time goes to daily living expenses for her and her daughter.