This qualitative study was conducted the summer before the Affordable Care Act was implemented and required many individuals and families living in the United States to acquire health insurance. Narratives collected in 12 in-depth interviews document how 12 Mexican born mothers, half of them undocumented, managed to get by without access to private health insurance for themselves and their children. It explores how these families were impacted, their experiences with health care settings, how they overcame health related obstacles, and how they negotiated when and if they should visit a doctor or dentist. Lacking legal documentation to reside in the United States adds a critical dimension to their voices and experiences but also demonstrates the need for this population to have access to high quality, low cost health insurance.
|Commitee:||Quintiliani, Karen, Rios-Ellis, Britt|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Cultural anthropology, Womens studies, Latin American Studies|
|Keywords:||Health care, Health insurance, Mexican, Mothers, Uninsured|
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