Elvia’s Story

Elvia and Project Acces NOW care coordinator Marisela Marquez. Photo by Soulayvanh Beisel

Elvia and Project Acces NOW care coordinator Marisela Marquez.
Photo by Soulayvanh Beisel

Elvia, like many of the clients we serve, remains unable to access health insurance under the Affordable Care Act due to her undocumented legal status. She works hard to help support her family and even pays taxes but, when she learned that certain symptoms she’d been experiencing were due to severe endometriosis and would require immediate medical attention, she knew right away that the necessary procedure would likely be well beyond what she could afford.

“First I was worried about my health,” says Elvia, “but then I was even more worried about the money. I was stressed, my family was stressed, but we couldn’t find a way to pay for [the procedure] – I didn’t know what to do.”

Fortunately, Project Access NOW was able to connect Elvia to a primary care provider who helped her get the care she needed, free of charge.

“I am so grateful for the support that Project Access NOW provides for me and those like me whose legal status keeps them from getting health insurance,” says Elvia. “Without Project Access NOW, I would have had no other options. Thank you to all who make this service possible.”

You’re welcome, Elvia. And thank you for sharing your story. Your bravery and generosity inspire us! We were proud to have you speak at Mix It Up.