In September 2015, a divorce left me suddenly single after a 33-year marriage, homeless, penniless, and without health insurance. I would have tried to find work if I could, but I have several disabilities that require consistent medical attention.
I immediately was faced with the question, “How am I going to survive and get medical coverage?” I didn’t know where to start. As I tried to sort through the various programs and options, each office just sent me to the next one. When you’re in distress, you just want answers.
It wasn’t until I connected with PHAN that I found the map. PHAN’s navigators & organizers encouraged me and helped me re-enroll in Medicaid and figure out how to get treatment for several ongoing dental issues – a huge relief.
PHAN really stands up for each person that reaches out to them for help. They don’t give you the runaround – they get things figured out.
Over the past year, PHAN has inspired me to get involved in advocacy efforts. I’ve gathered peoples’ stories in my own community, Adams County; gone to Harrisburg to talk to state legislators; and helped several women I met through a contact at the local women’s shelter learn about the healthcare options that were open to them. Because of PHAN, I felt confident that I had the information to help them and the courage to talk to people and find out what they need.
I knew from the moment that I found PHAN that these were people who were fighting for us and who understand that issues like access to healthcare are a matter of survival for many of us. Please consider supporting PHAN as they fight for us. Our lives depend on it.