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Connecticut Residents Concerned for Healthcare Reform

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    Obamacare Beneficiaries Tell Their Stories

    Hundreds of thousands fear for their coverage and healthcare if the ACA is repealed in Congress

    (Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017)

    More than 100,000 people are covered by plans in Connecticut that were purchased on Access Health Connecticut and another 200,000 are covered under Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. 

    Some of the people most affected by Obamacare spoke out the State Capitol Wednesday about their fears for what might come from Republicans in Congress.

    “For someone like me, immediately, the same plan I’m on in the marketplace, my costs would go up $6,000 every single year for the care I get now," said Jonathan Miller, a 26-year-old Meriden man who lives with Cystic Fibrosis and expects to be on Medicaid one day.

    He said he could only have health and financial security if the Affordable Care Act's provisions remain in effect.

    “Peoples’ lives are at stake and the cost to people that would come at the expense of this bill, as well as the financial burdens that would be placed on communities, it’s just far beyond any small amount of money that they’re going to save," Miller said.

    Sally Grossman also benefits from Obamacare. She recently gave birth to her second child, four years after she gave birth to her son who had health issues upon delivery.

    "He needed a lot of care, prenatal care and the bills would have added up and I want to make sure that someone else in my situation can use this and have happy, healthy children like I did. Everyone deserves that," Grossman said.

    She qualified for Husky A, a form of Medicaid coverage, and said she couldn't imagine life without her level of healthcare provided by both the state and federal government.

    “I don’t think I would have my children here today so I can’t imagine it and I really don’t like to imagine that.”

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