My name is Mika Mendoza and I fell into Florida’s health care “coverage gap.” A few years ago, I had a subsidy to buy health insurance through Obamacare. Although it was $100 a month even with my subsidy, I knew that I had to be responsible and get covered. And I was lucky that I did because health insurance literally saved me when I got appendicitis in 2016. Because I had coverage, I felt comfortable going to the hospital and I was able to avoid a $40,000 medical bill.
After a car accident in 2018, I had to stop working. To my shock, because I had no income, I was no longer eligible for my marketplace subsidy. I couldn’t believe it when I learned that without the subsidy, the cost of my insurance would more than double!