Howard’s story: I can’t get health insurance
Published on August 23, 2013
Have you met Howard?
Howard is a self-employed software designer who needs health insurance.
He designs health care software and like millions of Americans, Howard has been denied health insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
Uninsurable until 2014
Howard shared his story with us:
“Five years ago, I was diagnosed with Diabetes. Once you get that diagnosis, the insurance company says, ‘you’re uninsurable.’
To get access to medical care now, what I do is participate in clinical trials on diabetes. I’m one of the people who actually are guinea pigs for new drugs
Insurance companies want perfect people, which is totally impossible. Everybody is going to get something at some time.”
How the Marketplace helps people like Howard
Since Howard is self-employed, he will have more health coverage options in 2014.
Howard won't be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition or charged more because he is diabetic.
Howard may be able to get lower costs on a wide range of Marketplace health plans.
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Howard is looking forward to getting covered and being able to choose the Marketplace health plan that meets his needs.
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And help us spread the word! Open enrollment begins on October 1, 2013. Coverage starts as soon as January 1, 2014.