• Florida Health Justice STORIES

    Florida has profound health justice issues: failure to expand Medicaid; lack of long term care resources; barriers to care for immigrants and elderly. The public, media, and decision makers need to see and hear personal STORIES of how these issues impact individuals, their families and their health care providers.

  • Kelly | Tampa, FL

    Medicaid Expansion​ STORIES

     

    Kelly | Tampa, FL

    After a lifetime of security and serenity living in her own home, Kelly Percival’s life was jolted into crisis after an unfortunate accident left her hobbling and a global pandemic left her unemployed.

    Edwin | Miami, FL

    Medicaid Expansion STORIES

     

    Edwin | Miami, FL

    Edwin Rivera, age 24, knows he would probably die if he returned to his native Honduras but some days the struggle and worry his family endures in Miami has him considering the risk.

    Julie | Miami, FL

    Medicaid Expansion STORIES

     

    Julie | Miami, FL

    Health insurance benefits are a job perk Julie Verschoore enjoyed as a marketing account executive. But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, her job and her health insurance ended.

    Mark | Hallandale, FL

    Medicaid Expansion​ STORIES

     

    Mark | Hallandale, FL

    A single father with serious health problems loses his Medicaid when his daughter turns 18. He loses his ability to work because he must quarantine to save his life. Florida’s limited Medicaid program means he’s unable to see doctors, get life-saving medications or surgery.

    Allison | Miami Gardens, FL

    Medicaid Expansion​ STORIES

     

    Allison | Miami Gardens, FL

    When her youngest child turned 18, Allison lost her Medicaid, and, like many low-wage Florida workers, she does not receive insurance from her employer.

  • The STORIES

    Darren | Miami, FL

    Medicaid Expansion

     

    Darren | Miami, FL

    Darren has worked in unskilled labor positions for most of his life but because of his physical problems, he can no longer return to those jobs.

     

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    Antonia | Miami, FL

    Elder Health

     

    Antonia | Miami, FL

    When Antonia goes to the dentist for the maintenance care that she needs, she is turned away. It is always the same response: “Your insurance does not cover dental care.”

     

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    Diwantie | Jacksonville, FL

    Long-Term Care

     

    Diwantie | Jacksonville, FL

    When her 87-year-old mother, Mankuar, fractured her back, it fell upon her daughter Diwantie to pick up the pieces, becoming her mother’s voice and caretaker through the travails of hospital and rehabilitation center visits.

     

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    Mark | South Florida

    Immigrant Health

     

    Mark | South FL

    “I have been an educator for over 13 years, and I know the important role that education has in the lives of immigrant families and their children. When they are healthy, children can be in the classroom, and that is where great things can happen!”

     

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    Michael | Orlando, FL

    Floridians Impacted By COVID-19

     

    Michael | Orlando, FL

    Before Covid-19 hit Central Florida, Michael Smith scraped together a living running his own small business. He doesn’t have health insurance but has medical needs, including asthma he manages on his own.

     

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    • Struggling with injury or illness, including mental illness.
    • A low-income worker.
    • A parent of a minor child.
    • Struggling with injury or illness, including mental illness.
    • A frail and disabled senior struggling to remain at home.

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