Medical Bills Once Made Him Refinance The Farm. Could It Happen Again?

Darvin Bentlage is a fourth-generation farmer from Golden City, Mo. He was uninsured before the ACA and featured in a video from the Department of Health and Human Services supporting the law.

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Darvin Bentlage is a fourth-generation farmer from Golden City, Mo. He was uninsured before the ACA and featured in a video from the Department of Health and Human Services supporting the law.

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Darvin Bentlage says his health insurance plan used to be the same as all the other cattle farmers in Barton County, Mo.: Stay healthy until he turned 65, then get on Medicare. But when he turned 50, things did not go according to plan.

“Well, I had a couple of issues,” he says.

He’s putting it mildly.

Over two years, he had Hepatitis C and diverticulitis. That was on top of his persistent kidney stones, diabetes and other health problems.

“I had to go back and refinance the farm,” he says. “By the time the two years

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/12/519825040/medical-bills-once-made-him-refinance-the-farm-could-it-happen-again?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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