Megan, Salem

Megan is a hardworking 29-year-old single mother from Salem. She suffers from a series of mental health issues that require her to take certain medication, but she has no access to health insurance. The cost to merely manage her symptoms is more than half of her monthly income. The side effects of taking her medicine inconsistently are extremely severe. She currently gets discounted care through a local clinic, but the out-of-pocket costs are too expensive. “I tried to go through the division of family services,” Megan said. “I can’t afford to see an actual doctor.” Megan fears that if she is unable to access the care and medicine she needs, she will be unable to work or support her daughter Alexa. She says that if she could get coverage through Medicaid, she could create a more stable lifestyle and be a better mother.