“Sometimes life just happens. I found myself a single mother of two young children. I was working full-time doing accounting work at a private prison in Pinal County when I decided to go back to school to follow my dream of a college education. “

Sometimes life just happens. I found myself a single mother of two young children. I was working full-time doing accounting work at a private prison in Pinal County when I decided to go back to school to follow my dream of a college education.

From 2003 to 2015, my children received health insurance coverage through the KidsCare and AHCCCS Program. While I worked at the private prison, my children were enrolled in KidsCare. Thank goodness! During this time, my children both broke their arms, had the chicken pox and had other childhood health related issues.  I do not know what I would have done without the coverage.

When I left the private prison to attend Arizona State University full-time, our family was insured by AHCCCS. This allowed me to focus on self-improvement with a goal of moving out of poverty. I worked part-time and not having to worry about how we would pay for health insurance truly gave me peace of mind as a single mother.

I accomplished what I set out to do. Today, I am a high-school Math teacher and will earn my master’s degree in Educational Technology in May 2019.  My mom always tells me “ you are so smart in Math, what don’t you become an engineer”. I tell her “ Mom, I teach our future engineers”.

I love my job and now, this single mom is able to pay for health insurance for her family. It’s not cheap, as a teacher I pay $148 a paycheck, money well-spent!

-Jeanna Vasquez, Casa Grande

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