The Faces of Health Care: Astrid M.

“I am a wife and mother to 2 young children, ages 6 & 10. I am recovering and alive because I had insurance.”

Something didn’t feel right, and Astrid knew it. But this 40 year-old mother of two young children was a self-employed Zumba instructor, and she didn’t have insurance. She tried to go to a clinic, but she was often turned away. Finally in May of 2012, she saw a doctor who found the unthinkable: a brain tumor. 

Without insurance, Astrid knew she couldn’t afford to get the treatment she desperately needed. So she waited until the Health Insurance Marketplace opened in 2014 and finally was able to purchase insurance that would cover her medical costs.

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