Ronei is a 35-year-old mother of five. She and her husband both work part-time jobs to provide for their kids. Unfortunately, both Ronei and her husband are uninsured. Although their children are covered through Medicaid, they were told they make too much to qualify. When Ronei tried to get coverage through the Marketplace, she was informed she did not qualify for assistance either.
This last year, Ronei hurt her knee and had to go to the emergency room for surgery. Although the hospital worked with her so she could get the care she needed, Ronei wishes she had coverage for future instances such as those. As Ronei says, “If you don’t have health insurance and you don’t qualify for Medicaid, you just lose. It’s awful to feel like you can’t go to the doctor when you need it.”