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Meet Mia: an LHI Client

A Stroll Through Main Street Square

I’m from San Antonio and I’ve recently moved to Houston for a change of scenery. I’m ready to branch out on my own and make my mark on the world as a dancer and visual specialist.  

Right now I work as a freelance sales specialist. I sell fragrance and cosmetics because I love the artistry behind crafting fragrances and meeting so many new people. As a freelancer, I was on my own when it came to health insurance. I was concerned about the process and I didn't really know where to start. When I reached out to a friend about it, she told me she had heard about a health fair from a post she saw on Facebook.

"As a freelancer, I was on my own when it came to health insurance. I was concerned about the process and I didn't really know where to start."

So right away I began the process of registration. The woman on the phone who made my appointments had a very friendly voice. She was very positive about our interaction. The day of the LHI health fair I was filling out paperwork in the car. I was kind of nervous and not sure what to expect. But it was a good experience with everyone. The volunteers were great. And I enjoyed the breakfast bar!

I went because I wanted to be responsible and to be informed about my health coverage options and LGBTQ specific resources. I feel like a part of living an adult life is making sure you're healthy and leading a healthy lifestyle. I ended up enrolling in health insurance through healthcare.gov this year because I wanted full coverage. For me, living well is a physical, mental and spiritual journey. No matter what stage you’re in, your body and who you are is always adjusting to life. Especially being a young adult ,you step out more and meet new people. You have more experiences that are your first sometimes. They can be scary, exciting, or amazing. Either way, you need to be covered at every step.

"For me, living well is a physical, mental and spiritual journey. Especially being a young adult. No matter what stage In life you’re in, your body and who you are is always changing."

Now, I am currently searching for a primary care provider in my network. When I search for a doctor or therapist the biggest question in the back of my mind  is are these doctors going to accept me for who I am?  Not that I have to share my coming out story at every visit, but am I gonna feel comfortable bringing my sexuality into the conversation about my medical care? It’s heavy on my heart cause it's vulnerable to be in a situation where you may not be accepted. But after the health fair I’m feeling really confident in making these types of decisions for myself and my health a priority now and in the future.

Thanks for reading!

Mia

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