BANGOR – Activists across the country are coming together with “Moms Risings” to protest the Senate’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid.
A Bangor woman shares her story on how the ACA helped her care for her sick partner.
“It does worry me only because of the ACA – am I able to afford to pay private insurance.” said Sandra Joy, a Bangor woman who is concerned about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid cuts.
She continued “If I lose insurance, if the American Health Care Act passes, then I will probably not be able to afford insurance.”
In 2013 her partner was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, causing her to leave her full time job as a social worker with health benefits to become his caregiver. Joy said “It would have cost the State of Maine far more money to pay [for] nursing home care than in home care.”
Her partner passed away in November.
Caring for him caused her to live with sciatic nerve damage and working part time. She said “I have a preexisting condition that will probably disqualify me from insurance.”
She’s urging congress to save save health care and for Senator Collins to vote no on the repeal. “I would encourage them to not take health care away from people who have health insurance. That are able to afford health insurance and are able to have access to have insurance now and not to cut Medicaid funds.” she added.