Limited Insurance Choices Frustrate Patients In California

Dennie and Kathy Wright sift through a stack of medical bills at their home in Indian Valley, Calif.i
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Dennie and Kathy Wright sift through a stack of medical bills at their home in Indian Valley, Calif.

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Dennie and Kathy Wright sift through a stack of medical bills at their home in Indian Valley, Calif.

Dennie and Kathy Wright sift through a stack of medical bills at their home in Indian Valley, Calif.

Pauline Bartolone for NPR

Dennie Wright lives in Indian Valley, a tiny alpine community at the northern end of the Sierra, close to the border with Nevada.

Wright works as a meat cutter in a grocery store and lives in a modest home overlooking a green pasture. He also lives in one of the 250 ZIP codes where Blue Shield of California stopped selling individual policies in 2014. As his insurance agent explained it, Wright had only one choice of companies if he wanted to buy insurance on

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/01/15/377265396/limited-insurance-choices-frustrate-patients-in-california?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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