"Now any time we have a problem, we come to International Community Health Services."
My name is Armiti Band. I'm 36 years old. I got married around 10 years ago and I have a kid, just one daughter. She's six years old right now. We came here two years ago from Iran as refugees. I worked in my country, and my husband the same. We were rich, but when we came here, we sold everything and we lost everything.
All my family and my husband's family are in Iran. My mom, my sisters, his mom, his sisters, his dad, all our relatives, cousins, aunt, uncle, everybody. We don't have anybody here, just me, my husband and my daughter. We are so alone here.
Our income was too high to qualify for Medicaid. One day, my husband was sick. He started vomiting and got dizzy. When we came here, my husband was so healthy. He has lost around 40 or 50 pounds in two years. Right now, he's just working two days as a dishwasher.
I brought him to the doctor. The last time, the doctor said to me maybe he needs to go to the gastrologist, the specialist for his stomach. But we don't have any insurance. I have to pay $360 per month and my husband $360. It was too much for us.
We don't make too much money. We can't get that kind of insurance. It was too expensive.
Now any time we have a problem, we come to International Community Health Services. I try to stand everything because I think it is better for my daughter, her future, her everything.
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