G.A., Blue Springs

G.A. is a 61-year-old, self-employed man from Jackson County. Despite a shoulder surgery and knee replacement, he continued working to support his family. However, he could not afford to buy insurance on his minimal salary and, therefore, could not tend to the continuing problems with his knees. He feared that unexpected medical bills could jeopardize his family’s finances and force them to sleep on the streets, saying, “I had to make a decision between buying health care and putting a roof over my family.”

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, G.A. was able to find an affordable insurance plan for the first time in thirteen years. The tax subsidies enabled him to find a plan for both he and his wife for only $40 per month. Now that G.A. has health insurance, he feels very relieved and said, “If something terrible happens, at least I will have health insurance.”