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.”

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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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