|By Bill McKee, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Moscow, Idaho|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Unfortunately for the congresswoman, Brown's very real problems have no apparent connection to Obamacare.
Brown, who recently found out her supplemental insurance carrier would be leaving Whitman County, wrote an email to her congresswoman, wondering if her troubles were being caused by the new health care laws.
"I sent her an email asking if anyone else was being affected in this way. I wanted to know what's happening with Whitman County, why I was losing my coverage," Brown said.
She said Brown was one of countless Americans who had been "hurt by this law" and "recently lost her health insurance because of Obamacare."
But Brown's loss of coverage, according to her
"What's happened is
Focht said he didn't know exactly why Asuris decided to pull out, but speculated it might have to do with the limited number of members in the county.
At 53, Brown is disabled and relies on
She has had her supplemental insurance canceled every year for the past four years, and when she found out her current provider is withdrawing from Whitman County, she was understandably concerned -- the only remaining provider of supplemental insurance she has left to turn to wants nearly three times what she was paying before.
"There's another plan available, but it costs about
Focht said he believes what Brown is dealing with has more to do with being younger than 65 and on disability than with the new health care laws.
Sadly, Brown's is not an isolated problem. Of his 60 customers, Focht said at least five are dealing with the same issue.
"There's a lot of people out there on disability. And for them, that 20 percent of their health care costs that aren't covered by
Brown does, however, have one rather unorthodox option -- divorce.
"I was told at this point the only way I would qualify for extra help is divorce, because then our income would be separate," she said.
Because she's married, her level of income, combined with her husband's, makes her ineligible for
Focht acknowledged that is the reality for many people.
"I think there are a lot of people having that conversation with their spouse, and I think that's pretty unfortunate," he said.
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