After the storm, her neighborhood was left without power. She spent three days in her car with her children looking for gas and food. She and her children survived on protein bars and water.
“I was so scared for my children,” Adriana said. “I felt it wasn’t safe to stay there any longer.” Since she had relatives in Florida, she decided to move her family temporarily until Puerto Rico could get back to normal. She sold her car and gave away her possessions and moved to the Orlando area.
Adriana has a PHD in psychology from the University of Puerto Rico but has been unable to renew her license in Florida. She is working as a contract employee for a company that provides counseling services to Orange County public school students. Her employer pays her on a per-client basis, and does not provide health insurance.
Because her income has fluctuated since she arrived in Florida, so too has her Medicaid eligibility revoked. Although she qualified for Medicaid when she first arrived two years ago, as her income rose after a month, she lost her eligibility. Just recently, after a summertime drop in income, she qualified once again. Given her unsteady income, she is afraid this cycle will continue and that as she receives additional clients in a given month, she will lose her Medicaid.