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Karen Yeung

"My health is important and I see how much I rely on affordable health insurance."

Karen Yeung
Karen Yeung

Qualifying for affordable health care with the expansion of Medicaid has allowed me to take better care of myself.

Karen Yeung

My name is Karen Yeung. I am 38 years old and I live on my own in Seattle, Wash. I am a U.S. citizen, but I was born in Hong Kong.

I work as an independent medical interpreter. Before the Affordable Care Act, I put expenses for food, utilities and rent first. Private health insurance was expensive and I didn’t meet eligibility for Medicaid. Not being insured felt dangerous because, as a single person, I am on my own if anything happens to me.

Qualifying for affordable health care with the expansion of Medicaid has allowed me to take better care of myself. When I felt pain, I went to ICHS and eventually learned that I have endometriosis. A few months ago, I found out that I have a fatty liver and prediabetes, which my doctor is helping me manage through a healthy diet and exercise. If I didn’t qualify for cover-age from WA Apple Health, I wouldn’t know these things. I could not afford to get regular screenings. I would skip them.

Being uninsured felt like less of a gamble when I was young. Now that I am older, the thought of losing health benefits makes me afraid. My health is important and I see how much I rely on affordable health insurance.

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