A Texas Social Worker Weighs Her Insurance Options

Tammy Boudreaux (right) with her partner, Laura Perez. Boudreaux is weighing the cost and benefits of purchasing health insurance.i i

hide captionTammy Boudreaux (right) with her partner, Laura Perez. Boudreaux is weighing the cost and benefits of purchasing health insurance.


Courtesy of Tammy Boudreaux

Tammy Boudreaux (right) with her partner, Laura Perez. Boudreaux is weighing the cost and benefits of purchasing health insurance.

Tammy Boudreaux (right) with her partner, Laura Perez. Boudreaux is weighing the cost and benefits of purchasing health insurance.

Courtesy of Tammy Boudreaux

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the country, with almost 1 in 4 people going without coverage.

One of them is Tammy Boudreaux.

Boudreaux, 43, lives just outside of Houston and works as a freelance psychiatric social worker, with no benefits.

She has been skipping mammograms and other checkups for years. “It’s worrisome,” she says. “It’s like gambling. Gambling with my health, and it is very frustrating.”

The federal government has already extended the deadline for enrolling in health plans under the Affordable Care Act. But even with HealthCare.gov working better lately than it did in October and November, it’s still unclear how many consumers will want the plans.

The government and insurers need uninsured people, especially those who are healthy, to sign

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/12/19/255529219/a-texas-social-worker-weighs-her-insurance-options?ft=1&f=131849999

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