"It really scared me not having health insurance," Dodi Mielke
March 28, 2013, (Cornelius, Ore.) — When Dodi Mielke lost her job, she also lost her health insurance.
She had worked as a maintenance, shipping and parts manager for a computer support company that closed its Portland offices in March 2010.
"It really scared me not having health insurance," says Mielke, 52, of Cornelius.
"I wasn't making ends meet being on unemployment, so I would have to save for a couple of months before I could go to the doctor," ~ Dodi Mielke
"I wasn't making ends meet being on unemployment, so I would have to save for a couple of months before I could go to the doctor," says Mielke. She chose to get treated for her depression so that she would be better able to get a new job. She put off medical visits for other needs such as preventive care because she couldn't afford them.
Today, after two years of applying to jobs, Mielke is now a warehouse worker for a lamp wholesaler in Beaverton. Her new job offers employer-sponsored health insurance.
With health insurance she has been able to do the proactive things to keep herself healthy, such as immunizations and routine check-ups, she says.
She knows Oregon is opening the Oregon Health Plan to more people in January 2014.
"I wish the whole nation would do what Oregon is doing. I have discovered there are a lot of people who work for a living who don't get health insurance. It's been a huge stress reliever for me, having insurance."