Are you sure you want to delete this post?
I'll never forget a conversation I had with my parents a couple of years ago. They were talking to me about my cousin who had fallen on some hard times and lost his job and health insurance, among a host of other unfortunate hardships that compounded his problems. My parents were mostly concerned about his loss of health insurance because he is totally deaf, which means he receives SSDI, but he got his health insurance from his employer.
It surprised me that neither my parents, cousin, or his parents thought of the most obvious solution: encouraging my cousin to apply for Medicaid. I told them that even if he didn't qualify for Medicaid that he may, at the very least, get a substantial subsidy to help him pay his monthly premium. In the end he did qualify for Medicaid and, after a stint on unemployment, found a job that provided health insurance again.
That experience made me wonder how many people out there qualify for Medicaid or substantial subsidies, but have no idea they do. Unlike the Obamacare Open Enrollment period, you can apply for Medicaid any time of the year. So if you think you may qualify for Medicaid then you literally have nothing to lose in applying. Who knows? Maybe you'll be pleasantly surprised.