I am a second career adult, age 58, who has had a call to ministry. For the last couple of years, I have worked various contract and part time assignments, where insurance is not available. I take classes over the internet, with a prestigious Christian University, who also does not offer insurance to their online students. Over the past decade, it has been discovered that I have some on-going Thyroid issues. In fact a few years ago, I had a non-cancerous lump taken off the left side of my Thyroid. Unfortunately, a lump (of unknown origin) has now grown on the right side. This is very un-nerving. Recently about 5 weeks ago, I accepted a call to a rural Wisconsin church that could only offer me part time work, without any sort of health insurance. While I am thankful to be less dependent on state aid, there is not a lot of extra for the luxury of health insurance. Based on some preliminary information discovered online (Kaiser Foundation) I could find some insurance for about $150 per month after the Affordable Care Act subsidy is applied. If these numbers actually end up being true or reasonably close, I will force myself to obtain that coverage. Without health insurance, I have been using a free clinic in Oshkosh called "The Place To Be". A ministry began by the late Father Martin Carr. This location is a wonderful place that is staffed a couple of days per week and can handle routine care; however, they are not large enough to be able to provide xrays or other advance level diagnostic work. The Place to Be has at least been able to resupply my Thyroid medication, which I was almost out of. In fact, I was taking pills and dividing them, in order to stretch them. A partial pill was better than no pill at all. I don't see my church being in a position to offer any sort of meaningful insurance coverage that is affordable. The Affordable Care Act is my only real source for insurance coverage. I attempted signing up for medicaid; however, Wisconsin has failed to accept any federal money for its expansion and it will be at least 10 years before I move up on the list in order to obtain BadgerCare in its present form. There are two clinics here in my location that offer reduced priced services; however, one place (where my records are) will not put me on the program without first incurring a bill and making a $200 deposit. I don't have $200 for that first visit. Aurora is more concerned about profits than people. The other nearby medical agency will not accept me (Agnesian), since I'm already an Aurora patient. I go to bed crying myself to sleep worrying about my survival. I try to put on the good face for all to see and remain faithful and in relationship with Jesus Christ. If not for that, I'm not sure what I would do. Feel free to reach out to me by email for more info - however, I cannot allow my identity to be made known.
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