Michelle, Kansas City

Michelle has not had any health insurance prior to marrying her husband in 1996. After that time, her husband’s employer offered reasonable health insurance. Michelle learned later on that she had adult Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and received care through their insurance. Recently, Michelle and her husband both lost their jobs. She has started to search the Marketplace but has not been able to find anything. “I started to get a little frantic. We tried to do the right thing paying off the house so we wouldn’t be homeless. They just keep cutting back support programs for people who need it most.” In addition, she got into an accident recently and fears that if the injuries progress she will need to go to the ER, which she cannot afford the cost. “Think how much it would cost,” she says. “The government could save so much money if more people had insurance.”