When the Mohsin family arrived in the United States, they were prepared for a new way of life. What they weren’t prepared for was Sadaf’s breast cancer diagnosis. Despite the shocking news, Sadaf was able to immediately
undergo treatment because her family had signed up for affordable health insurance through our Insure Central Texas program.
“My treatment is completed because of this service,” Sadaf said.
Sadaf and her husband, Sajjad, visited one of our Insure Central Texas sites a handful of times and were guided through the entire health insurance enrollment process by our committed volunteers. The family chose an insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act marketplace that made sense for them and got help finding the right doctor and a hospital close to home.
“It’s been a very good and personal relationship,” Sajjad said. “The way [Insure Central Texas] has helped us is amazing.”
We recently wrapped up our third enrollment season. In total, we’ve signed up over 16,000 individuals for healthcare coverage since 2014.
Our trained and certified volunteers help families, like the Mohsins, enroll in health insurance, and also assist people with using their insurance, troubleshooting problems between providers and insurance companies and, ultimately, accessing the health care they need.
Sadaf, Sajjad and their two children moved to Austin last August. They decided to uproot from their home country of Pakistan primarily out of concern for their children’s safety and because they wanted their kids to have more educational opportunities.
As academics and IT developers, Sadaf and Sajjad decided Austin was the best place to relocate. The couple has started their own software development company and they are actively looking for work projects. One project that has taken on a particularly personal mission is a video game Sadaf developed for children with cancer.
The path ahead for the Mohsins isn’t necessarily an easy one—they are still looking for full-time employment—but the family feels thankful for the supportive community and resources available here in Austin. This includes Insure Central Texas, as well as other services like free tax preparation offered by Foundation Communities.
“All of this has given us a peace of mind,” Sajjad said.
To learn more about Insure Central Texas, visit www.InsureCentralTX.org.