Seven years ago, Rosa was taking a free nutrition class right around the corner from Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative’s (BVMI) old home. When the teacher realized Rosa did not have health insurance, she told her about BVMI. As Rosa puts it, when she first walked through our doors back in 2010, her “life was forever changed.”
At one point, Rosa explored buying private insurance. Like many of our patients, she didn’t want to be in the position of needing BVMI. However, she and her husband quickly realized that the high cost of deductibles and co-pays left little for daily expenses, and would use up the small nest egg they had managed to save for their younger daughters’ college educations.
Rosa is grateful that she didn’t have to choose between staying healthy and giving her daughters a secure future.
Read more about Rosa, and how she has loved being with BVMI since 2010.
Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative is a Volunteers in Medicine Alliance member located in Hackensack, New Jersey. For more information about BVMI, visit www.bvmi.org.