The Culture of Poverty and the Uninsured

  • Nancy Johnson


Living in Poverty-Episodic, Cyclical or Chronically?

Lisa was employed part-time and lived with her husband and three children.

Her husband left and she was left without medical insurance as well as a decrease in family income. Financially, she was unable to make ends meet and struggled to find affordable day care as well as move to a full-time job, which might offer insurance for her and her children. Lisa ended up losing her home but was able to qualify for Medicaid for medical coverage. Upon finding a job with higher wages, she then was unable to qualify for Medicaid and was uninsured again.

Joe was 53 years old, employed at a stable but minimum wage job that did not provide health insurance. Then he was involved in a serious automobile accident. Due to his accident, he lost his job and all his funds were going to make payments for medical bills and expenses. He soon was unable to pay the rent on his apartment and was evicted. However, at this point in time, he was able to enroll in Medicaid for his medical expenses. Joe stayed with a friend for three months before he was able to get a new job and begin to save for his own apartment again. So far, he is still enrolled in Medicaid for medical coverage.


Community Health Worker Poverty Rate Medical Home Community Health Center Federal Poverty Level 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy Johnson
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    • 2
  1. 1.El Rio Community Health CenterTucsonUSA
  2. 2.College of NursingGrand Canyon UniversityPhoenixUSA

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