Will is a 61-year-old from Webster Groves who has his “dream job,” combining librarianship, Yiddish music performance, writing, and teaching. He recently spent two years cataloging rare books from the 16th-19th centuries. He loves what he does, despite the lack of a high paying salary. Will has always viewed healthcare as, in his own words, “essential.” With three pre-existing conditions, Will’s monthly premium in 2012 was $615.00.
In December 2013, Will purchased a silver plan through the Marketplace for $25.36 per month and has better insurance coverage now then he did before. The Marketplace made it possible for Will to receive great coverage, and as he said, “approach health insurance planning without a sense of panic. I am able to evaluate and map out my future and choose exactly how I want to work.” Will always wanted health insurance coverage even though he is a very healthy man because “no one is immune from catastrophe.” Now, the price of his insurance plan does not dictate his life choices. As he says, “I am able to approach health insurance planning without a sense of panic. I am able to evaluate and map out my future and choose exactly how I want it to work.”