So, here I am, unemployed, chronic health problems, no income, no health insurance. What to do? Look for a job obviously!
As an indigent, I receive basic health care through the county. It’s not a lot, but it keeps me alive, and that’s a good thing.
Jobs are very scarce around here. Our state’s economy is 50th in a nation that’s not doing so well. A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to get an interview for a job in my field. The work sounds interesting. They seemed to like me. They called me back for a second interview. Looks like they’re going to offer me the job. What a relief! It’s only part-time, but it will be great to be working and to have a little money coming in.
But wait, part-time means no benefits. I won’t be able to get health insurance through this job. Once I start working, I won’t be eligible for care from the county. Because of my health status, individual health insurance is only available from the “insurer of last resort.” It costs much more than I would be making.
Will I have to turn down a job offer in order to have access to health care? I’ll try to negotiate, but it’s not looking good right now.