Real People, Real Stories

February 24, 2020

Kayleigh’s Story

Kayleigh- Olympia In 2014, Kayleigh and a friend had just finished summiting a mountain when they could see a thunderstorm rapidly rolling in. She and her friend scrambled down the mountain to get out of the storm and came across a ledge of loose shale. While navigating down, the rock…
February 24, 2020

Ashley’s Story

Ashley- Kelso When Ashley learned she was pregnant with her second child, she was excited but also worried. Though she had insurance, it covered the bare minimum. She worried about the costly copays for her prenatal care as her pregnancy was considered high-risk. Ashley went to the local hospital in…
February 24, 2020

Jamie’s Story

Jamie- Everett When Jamie was 24, she found out she was diabetic. The news sent her into a panic. Jamie knew she couldn’t afford the out-of-pocket costs for insulin. She also suffered from other ailments related to diabetes, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The medications she would need…
February 6, 2019

Priscilla’s Story

Priscilla- Seattle Priscilla Strettell came to Washington from India in 2005 with her husband and son to live in the Seattle area. She was excited to reunite with her family and reside in the United States as a legal permanent resident. But there was one thing Priscilla didn’t have: health…
February 6, 2019

Natasha’s Story

Natasha- Clinton, WA When Natasha discovered she was pregnant in February 2018 at the age of 46, it was a complete shock to her and her partner. She had spent her entire adult life believing she could not conceive, due to a health condition diagnosed when she was 22. Her…
February 6, 2019

Kayla’s Story

Kayla- Lacey, WA Kayla Wahl and her husband had their first child in September 2017. Being able to afford health insurance after the birth of their newborn was a huge concern. Though they both had employer-provided health insurance, adding their daughter would cost an extra $200 per month, a significant…
February 6, 2019

Kelci’s Story

Kelci- Bainbridge Island, WA Kelci Mumford is a big advocate for Washington Apple Health (Medicaid). Not only did Apple Health cover health conditions she long had, like asthma and chronic back pain, it also covered the entire cost of her autism spectrum disorder (ASD) assessment. She had been told by…
February 6, 2019

Veronica’s Story

Veronica- Seattle, WA Imagine needing surgery, but not being able to get it because your insurance company wouldn’t cover it, and the out-of-pocket cost was more than you could afford. That’s what happened to Veronica Vaduva. Veronica had health insurance, but her copays and premiums were more than she could…
April 3, 2018

Lisa’s Story

Lisa- Seattle, WA Sitting in her dorm room at the University of Washington, Lisa Nguyen coughed too hard. She felt sharp, shooting pains in the left side of her chest and had difficulty breathing. She had punctured her lung, which then collapsed. A couple months later, it happened again. This…
April 3, 2018

Jazmin’s Story

Jazmin- Washington As soon as she was born, Kyra Williams was enrolled in Washington Apple Health for Kids with premiums funded through the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Born with blood incompatibility jaundice, Kyra would need testing, treatment and equipment to thrive. Her mom, Jazmin Williams, had insurance at…