Robin Durant, Martin Park Community | Charleston, SC
In the following story for our Medicaid Stories Project, we spoke with Robin Durant from the Martin Park community outside of Charleston, South Carolina about her personal health care challenges.
"If taxes are being removed from my pay, I should automatically have health coverage."
Robin Durant is in her fifties and works at a fast-food restaurant, which doesn't offer health insurance. If Robin had access to Medicaid insurance, it would mean she could go to the doctor and get the medication she needed to manage her high blood pressure. Currently, Robin states she cannot afford her medicine. Robin's only access to health care is a local clinic where now it is mandatory that all patients pay a thirty-dollar fee up front to be seen, an amount which she feels she cannot afford.
Robin believes everyone deserves access to healthcare, stating "If taxes are being removed from my pay, I should automatically have health coverage."
If Ms. Durant had access to Medicaid, it would make a huge difference in her life. She currently works at Subway in Charleston, SC and has always been a hard worker. Due to the lack of access to healthcare she cannot get preventative screenings, including getting checked for colon cancer or get dental work that is needed; which would make a huge difference for someone in their 50s. Currently, if she has a medical emergency she has to go to a local clinic where now it is mandatory that all patients pay $30 up front in order to receive service. As a result, she cannot afford her medicine which she needs because she has been diagnosed with high blood pressure.