My Healthcare Story | Heidi Wilkens

My Healthcare Story | Heidi Wilkens


My name is Heidi Wilkins and I am from
Rochester, Minnesota. My story goes a few years back. My partner and I have been
together for about 15 years and after about 12 years we decided to get married
and because he has some health issues related to being an athlete, I’m
pretty healthy and we have two children, we decided that when it came down to
getting married, we had to go back and forth and figure out what was going to
be best for us. And so even though we had a whole ceremony we invited our friends
and family we did the whole vows and the whole wedding. But we finally decided is
that we wouldn’t sign a marriage certificate. So in the eyes of Minnesota,
even though we see ourself as a married couple and I’ve taken his last name that
I use, we’re not married. We didn’t sign a marriage certificate so that he could
keep his insurance, our children could have health insurance, and I, because I
work for a small nonprofit, don’t have health insurance. And basically I just have
to be very careful. I have to hope and and pray that nothing happens to me and
that I don’t get sick. But he has health insurance, my children have health
insurance, and until we can find a way to manage and afford health insurance for
all of us we’re gonna stay unmarried. Which is, you know, marriage shouldn’t
really be a bargaining tool when it comes to people’s healthcare. I should
be able to marry my partner without thinking about what the downsides of it
are going to be. So if we would have gotten married he would have gone off of
Minnesotacare which he’s covered by right now because our income would be
too high as a married couple but our income would be not high enough as a
married couple to actually be able to afford full coverage insurance for two
children and two adults. Especially, I mean he doesn’t have like
major health problems but he does have a history of showing up to emergency rooms with issues with his shoulder so yeah we wouldn’t have been able to afford it. So my children who, also one is a toddler and one’s a very active three sport athlete, would
go uncovered and that’s just it’s I can’t. I can’t do that to my kids.

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