Posted on: February 6, 2019

Priscilla’s Story



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 insurance.

When the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014, a counselor at the medical facility where she was receiving services offered to help enroll her in health care coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder. She had met the five-year waiting period for immigrants and became the first person he signed up online for the newly expanded Medicaid health care coverage for adults under Washington Apple Health (Medicaid).

She says it was one of the luckiest days of her life to hear back from Apple Health confirming she had health insurance.

On July 4, 2015, Priscilla also became a U.S. citizen.

In 2016 she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had to undergo major surgery. She now needs close medical monitoring and medication for the rest of her life. Apple Health has paid for it all. Priscilla is very grateful for the care she has received and encourages others to apply for Apple Health.