Lisa Sinnott–La Grange Park, IL
Lisa Sinnott first shared her story with CBHC in December 2013. We caught up with her to see how her story has evolved over the last few months.
“I have a chronic condition and need ongoing healthcare. I lost my job last year and was having trouble getting work for some months. I have training in ministry and love to help people. However, sometimes a single job does not pay all the bills. I work hard, I sometimes take on several small jobs and I also work like an independent contractor through various ministry roles. Because I qualified for Medicaid, as well as the Marketplace, I have been able to work at the jobs and opportunities I have needed to further my dreams into roles such [as] a chaplain or campus minister someday.”
“In the meantime, I have a good coverage under Blue Cross Blue Shield to get access to local doctors and specialists and have Medicaid as a secondary insurance to cover the extra out of pocket expenses. Blue Cross covers the cost of medications that I need and are ongoing.”
“My hope for continued reform is that people can continue to work as they are able and afford the coverage beyond the premiums and deductibles. My hope is that people who need the marketplace or Medicaid can also negotiate the out of pocket costs that can happen due to unexpected health issues and emergencies. Healthcare should be free or fixed in cost. That is my hope.”
“If people can afford a trip on CTA for work, they should also be able to afford healthcare costs due to conditions they acquire in life or are born with. My hope for Medicaid is to be more broadly accepted for dental, podiatry, mental health, recovery of addiction, and general doctors in clinics for preventive measures. There is so much need and too much costing the individuals of the United States.”
Watch Lisa tell her story in December 2013: http://youtu.be/h6iCwJTbkF8?list=UUp9j9NfXjzoKNPdxMJ3MWzw