Anarely was at her senior prom when tragedy struck: She dislocated her knee. But her next stop wasn’t the doctor’s office. Anarely is a so-called “DREAMer,” brought to the U.S. illegally at 6-years-old, and she didn’t qualify for health insurance.
“I feel like it’s such a routine thing to just say, ‘Hey, I’m sick, I’m going to go to the doctor,’” says the now-junior at Colorado State University. “But for my parents it was such a big sacrifice to get us to the doctor because it was a lot of money. We don’t qualify for health insurance, we don’t qualify for any form of aid.”