hide captionJohn Martin, 24, was uninsured until a health care navigator told him he could get coverage through his parents’ health plan.
In the mountains of western North Carolina, Julia Buckner spends hours driving around what she calls God’s country.
Buckner is a health navigator. Her job — and her passion — is to help the rural residents of some of the poorest counties in North Carolina sign up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act.
But for 9 out of 10 people she talks with. it seems as if there’s nothing she can do. They’re too poor to qualify for affordable health insurance in North Carolina, because they’re in what’s called the coverage gap. They don’t earn enough to qualify for a subsidy under the health law, and they can’t get Medicaid because North Carolina
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