Question: We live in PA. In 2010 my husband left his last job and went out on his own as a painting contractor. We shopped for health ins and were told we could no longer get covg as a sole proprietor as we had in the past in that situation. We now had to become an LLC and then they had to have my husband on one plan on his own and me as an “employee” on another plan w/our daughter. We all have pre-existing conditions. I alone had a heart attack w/stents placed in 2009 and we all 3 take about a total of 15 rx meds. Our total ins premiums right now through KHPE are over $1800 per month. That’s 1 1/2 times our mortgage. We can barely make these payments each month and are trying to figure out if there’s something better out there for us. Starting to feel really hopeless.
Answer: There is hope, but not immediately. If you can make those premium payments for another 16 months, you will be off the hook. In January 2014, you will able to purchase individual health insurance form the State Health Insurance Exchange in PA. Rates will be the same for all regardless of health conditions. In addition, federal subsidies will greatly reduce your premium. Hang in there. It’s not hopeless.