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Reader Survey: What Health Care Reform Means For You

Using results from a questionnaire we did with American Public Media’s Public Insight Network, we examined how the proposed health care reforms will actually affect people facing common health care coverage situations.


The Already Insured

Tracy Bullion and her three kids are happily insured through her husband’s employer. Like many Americans, she’s worried health care reform will leave her worse off.

The Uninsured

Anne Johnson, 41, is a single mother in Corona, Calif.,whose family has been uninsured since she lost her job as a secretary in February.

Medicaid Recipients

Only 15 states currently enroll low-income adults in Medicaid if they do not have children, but both health care reform bills would extend coverage to that group.

Medicare Programs

Graydon DeCamp, 75, is one of about 11 million members of Medicare Advantage, the managed care plan option under Medicare that is administered by private insurers.

Small Businesses

Fairfield Lighting and Design provides insurance for 10 out of 12 employees, but the economic downturn has made it difficult to pay those bills.

The Underinsured

Mary and Mack Kroner, of Austin, Texas, are both self-employed. Mack works as a cab driver, and Mary is a writer.

The Young Invincibles

Like many young Americans, Neil Thurgood, went without health insurance because he couldn’t afford it. Now he’s in debt after becoming unexpectedly sick.
 

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