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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Mary’s Story

Mary- Bellingham, WA When Mary’s son was diagnosed with HIV, they didn’t know what to do or where to turn for help. She was worried for her son, who was only 19 at the time of his diagnosis. There is no cure for HIV/AIDS, but there is a very effective…
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Shayne’s Story

Shayne- Renton, WA Growing up, Shayne had access to health coverage through Medicaid. When she turned 18, her health coverage ended. She went the next 15 years without any health insurance. Shayne struggled with drug addiction for many years, and was unable to afford health insurance that covered treatment programs.
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Renae’s Story

Renae- Bellingham, WA Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) saved Renae’s life. Even after a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, she didn’t have insurance or a primary care physician. Renae had no idea how to manage it, and rarely had the medications she needed. Without insurance, her insulin prescriptions were easily $800 per…