Jean, Boone County

Jean is a 64-year-old woman from Boone County. She used to work several part-time jobs but is currently unemployed. Her minimal income made it impossible for her to afford health insurance. Without insurance, even though she was suffering from stomach problems, arthritis, and depression, she could not afford to get treatment. Thanks to the Marketplace, for the first time in her life she was able to find a good insurance plan that didn’t cost her anything because she received $700 in tax subsidies. Finally, she was able to see a primary care doctor and a specialist. With changes in her diet and medications, she is feeling healthier than before. At her age, she realizes that any small health problem can worsen at any moment. Now that Jean has health insurance, she is relieved because she knows, in her words, “I won’t be financially wiped out if I have a serious health problem.”