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Mississippi, Burned. How the poorest, sickest state got left behind by Obamacare.

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{Whoops, I left out the link. Yes, this is five years old.}

I'm throwing out old magazines and newspapers. I came across this.

LETTER FROM MISSISSIPPI
Mississippi, Burned
How the poorest, sickest state got left behind by Obamacare.

By SARAH VARNEY November/December 2014

Sarah Varney is senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News. This story was produced in collaboration with Kaiser Health News. Jeffrey Hess of Mississippi Public Broadcasting contributed research and reporting.

The lunch rush at Tom’s on Main in Yazoo City had come to a close, and the waitresses, after clearing away plates of shrimp and cheese grits, seasoned turnip greens and pitchers of sweet tea, were retreating to the counter to cash out and count their tips. Wylene Gary was at the register ringing up the last of the $6.95 lunchtime specials as we chatted about her job, a modest low-paying one of the sort all too common in Mississippi, America’s most down-and-out state, where a full 20 percent of the population doesn’t graduate from high school, 22 percent lives in poverty—and even more than that, a quarter of the state, goes without health care coverage.

Gary didn’t have health insurance either, not that she hadn’t tried. When the Affordable Care Act mandated that Americans buy coverage, she didn’t want to be a lawbreaker: She had gone online to the federal government’s new website, signed up and paid her first monthly premium of $129. But when her new insurance card arrived in the mail, she was flabbergasted.

“It said $6,000 deductible and 40 percent co-pay,” Gary told me, her timid drawl giving way to strident dismay. Confused, she called to speak to a representative for the insurer Magnolia Health. “‘You tellin’ me if I get a hospital bill for $100,000, I gotta pay $40,000?’” Gary recounted. “And she said, ‘Yes, ma’am.’”

Never mind that the Magnolia worker was wrong—Gary’s out-of-pocket costs were legally capped at $6,300. She figured that with a hospital bill that high, she would have to file bankruptcy anyway. So really, she thought, what was the point? ... “This ain’t worth a tooth,” she said. ... She canceled her coverage .


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Sun May 17, 2020, 07:02 AM

1. Obamacare didn't leave them behind.

They jumped off the bus and chose their own lot.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 09:53 AM

2. Delete pls, inaccurate and old info.

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Response to brush (Reply #2)

Sun May 17, 2020, 09:59 AM

3. What's it like today? NT

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Sun May 17, 2020, 10:23 AM

4. Why post this if you don't know?

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