Patient’s bill soars as health law program falters

June 25th, 2015 4:21 am

First Posted: 9/9/2013

(AP) It sounds like one of those insurance horror stories President Barack Obama told to sell his health overhaul to Congress: Bev Veals, dealing with advanced cancer, was in the hospital for chemo this summer when she got a call that her health plan was shutting down.

Then, the substitute insurance she was offered wanted her to pay more than $3,000 on top of premiums.

But Veals is covered by Obama's law one of about 100,000 people with serious medical issues in a troubled program called the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.

Political divisions over health care have blocked a fix, a bad omen for solving other problems that could surface with "Obamacare."

Veals said she felt she finally had something dependable "and somebody pulled the plug."

Associated Press