My name is Anya, and this is my healthcare story:
Back in 2013 I was a successful entrepreneur and single mom. Pre-existing conditions (C-sections) made private health insurance too expensive and I made too much to qualify for public programs like Medicaid. My family was unable to afford health insurance, just like 350,000 other Coloradans.
In August of 2013, I became dangerously ill. I was suicidal, diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and hospitalized. Depression is a disease that affects 16 million Americans every year.
After three months of life-saving treatment I had over $100,000 in unpaid medical bills. I filed bankruptcy and was homeless for a short time. Only when I hit rock-bottom was I able to receive healthcare for my family through Medicaid.
I’m glad to say that in August of 2017 I went into full remission. I have resumed working and have stabilized my life. The bad news is our healthcare system is so broken that I cannot escape dependence on Medicaid.
Currently I support my family on $2600/month with Medicaid coverage. If I earn more than this I lose Medicaid including my life-saving medications (valued at $1400/month). I need to make $6000/month to afford private healthcare, but It could take a year or more to rebuild my business to make this much and I can’t take the chance of going without healthcare in the meantime.
In short, I’m trapped in a broken healthcare system.
My friend Michael Kiley understands that we urgently need comprehensive, affordable healthcare for all Coloradans. Michael is about bold leadership, and I know he will fight for a deadline for affordable healthcare-for-all. Please join me in supporting Michael.
If you know anyone who is depressed or suicidal, please reach out for help here.