Now that you’re living together, is marriage on the table? Is that something you’ve talked about or are considering?
Definitely. But I’d have to make enough money to where I don’t have to rely on government assistance and health care. Once I get married, it becomes joint income, and I’ll lose all that. Private insurance does not cover personal-care assistance at all. You can only get the at-home care I need on Medicaid, which means I can’t have more than $2,000 in my bank account at any given time.
Wow. That’s not only a barrier to marriage but a barrier to success.
It’s a barrier to life.
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