When Kathia Sotelo Calderon found out that the lump on her neck was thyroid cancer, she wondered how she’d pay for treatment.
The 19-year-old undocumented immigrant from Mexico, who was brought to the U.S. by her parents when she was 7, had no health insurance. As a noncitizen, she didn’t think she was eligible for Medicaid, and she couldn’t buy a plan on the state or federal health care exchanges.
Advertisement - continue reading article below.
So the UNLV junior majoring in political science, now 22, did what many undocumented immigrants facing major health problems do: She got creative with fundraising and solicited family members for loans to cover the $25,000 surgery and follow-up care that she credits with saving her life.
“It’s crazy to think you could have actual cancer
Continue reading full article here: https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/in-las-vegas-and-u-s-undocumented-bear-brunt-of-health-care-gap/