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This pregnancy was a surprise and although we are both happy about it, I am scared sh*tless atm.
I lost my job about 4 months ago and with that both insurance for my DS and myself. My DH's insurance is covered by his employer for free for himself, but not for anyone else.
So, I called the county health service people, who where very nice and said because I was preggie, I qualified for medicaide. I received my card etc and had my first Dr's appointment. Load off my mind.
Yesterday, I received a letter saying that my coverage has been denied because I don't qualify as a 'legal resident'. Here is the scoop; I moved to the US to be with my DH in 2003. We have since had a child (thank goodness with insurance coverage) and now I am at a loss of what to do. Oh and yes, we went through everything legally so I have a proper green card, SS # etc.
The research that I have done has said that in order to qualify, you have to be a legal resident in the US for 5 years. Technically, my 5 years will be at the end of Nov, though I have been in the US for 5 fiscal years. So basically I am thinking I am SOL. Other than the county health department, I have no idea who to turn to in which to get some kind of break money wise in which to birth this child.
My DH is furious at all of this mostly at the fact that I am in tears because of the lack of health options. He is furious that as a veteran, US citizen etc etc, his wife who is carrying his baby can't get proper medical care without going broke.
There is probably not much to be done, I have even thought of going back to home in which to have the baby. But, that would entail taking my 3 year old son with me and leaving my DH, which I am loathe to do. Then we would have the hassle of establishing the baby as a US citizen and have to go through all the immigration stuff, with him/her, which is a pain in the rear at the best of times.
Ah, if life could just go smoothly for a bit, I would be ever so grateful!
Thanks for listening to my rant and any feedback, thoughts, would be much appreciated!
Im sorry things are so stressful right now. I personally do not know how I would handle this situation. I do know that there are some insurance companies that are less expensive than others. I would try and research that. Also see how much the insurance would be for you through DH's work. Congrats on your pregnancy and welcome to unplanned pregnancy. I am Lyndsey the host of this board. I will see what else I can find online for you.