When I was a teenager my mother moved our family here to Globe, in eastern Arizona. We used to live in Phoenix. I graduated from Globe high school and then got married. I am a stay at home mother, to 3 children ages 11, 7 and 1. My husband works full-time as a line-cook and we barely make ends meet. Our family has been on AHCCCS for the past six years, which is a good thing, we can’t afford health insurance, after we pay the bills, not much is left.
My 7-year-old is on Social Security Disability for Attention Deficit Disorder and requires regular office visits. Thanks to AHCCCS I can take her in to the doctor whenever I need to, and she gets the medications she needs for her ADD. My other kids also benefit from AHCCCS, they can go to the doctor for checkups or when they are sick and they all get regular visits to the dentist. I have diabetes, with AHCCCS I can see the doctor and get the medicine I need. AHCCCS doesn’t cover my dental so the only time I can afford to go to the dentist is at tax-time, when we can use our tax refund to get my teeth fixed.
Here in Globe, there is a DES office, so it is easy for me to go to the office to apply for benefits. I don’t own a computer, so I am not able to apply on-line. I hope to find a job when the kids get older. Right now, I could never afford childcare for my three children, and besides babysitters are hard to come by. Especially for my 7-year-old, she is hard to handle. Not having a computer also makes it hard to apply for a job, because around here, you’ve got to submit applications on the computer, they usually aren’t accepted in person.
– Amber Barbee, Globe, Arizona