Welcome to HealingWell Silveradocoffin!
Insurance in this country really needs some help doesnt it? My husband is self employed and before I went to school I worked for him. Our insurance was outrageous and not very good. I now work in the school system and have very good benefits, but for us to purchase something comparable due to our pre existing conditions it would be well over $1500 per month per person. If I didnt have the job I do, I would be in deep trouble, one reason I need to fight so hard to continue working even though it is killing me.
Some insurance companies have their own income tiered programs you may want to look in to. There are also state run low income programs as well, I know our state has just done away with its low income program for adults, but the kids program remains. As said previously, you may also want to apply for disability, I think there is a waiting period for health benefits, but if your situation is truely long term, that may be the direction to go. But of course for this you need doctors.
Hopefully, someone will come along with some good info for you.