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5/9/2014
Posted by rob
"I am really struggling. After food and housing and a few necessities my income basically goes to health insurance and health care." My health insurance premium jumped up 15.6% over the first three months of this year, on top of a 346% increase from 2005 to 2012. At the same time my deductible has jumped from $1,000 in 2005 to $6,000 now...
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5/8/2014
Posted by rob
"For me, paying $260 per month for something I almost never use, plus having to pay $4,500 before coverage kicks in, and 100% of out-of-network care is like not having insurance at all." I am 43, an athlete, healthy, with no medical problems. I don’t use my insurance much and live on a pretty tight budget. Despite the fact that I...
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5/1/2014
Posted by rob
My name is Jennifer Tracy, and I am the Executive Director of the San Diego Hunger Coalition (SDHC).  SDHC was founded in 2007 with the mission to reduce hunger and food insecurity in San Diego.  Between 2007 and 2011, the number of households relying on the help of CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps) to put food on their tables has...
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3/26/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Tina Minasian - Sacramento, CA California for years allowed doctors who were arrested for drug and alcohol infractions, including DUI, to conceal these arrests from patients. Such doctors, even if convicted, entered a “diversion” program that allowed them to keep practicing even if they violated the terms of the five-year program, and...
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3/26/2014
Posted by Judy Dugan
Quin Murphy - Chula Vista, CA Quin Murphy at 16 was a soccer fanatic, with a family who supported him, coached him, even went on trips with him to watch favorite teams. In 2010, all of that ended. Quin and his family fell into a four-month tragedy of medical bumbling that caused Quin intractable pain and ultimately killed him. Dozens of emergency...
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8/20/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Adam Glover - Los Gatos, CA   Our son Adam was 12 in 2008 when he went on a glorious camping and hiking trip in Yosemite with his Dad. The pair of them hiked, climbed and biked together. But seven days into the vacation, Adam died, the victim of preventable errors and inattention after an emergency appendectomy at a Modesto hospital. Yet...
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6/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
I’ve been self-employed for 20 years, but went back to school about five years ago and switched from marketing to interior design. I also sell my own art. The recession clobbered me just as I was getting started. If I hadn’t been frugal when times were better and saved a pretty good nest egg, I wouldn’t be able to pay for my...
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5/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
My health insurance policy with Anthem Blue Cross has gotten so unaffordable that I seriously think about dropping it because it’s now draining my savings. I have nothing left for unexpected expenses, much less for pleasure. Between July 2010 and May 2012, the premium for my Anthem Blue Cross HMO Select plan went from $391 a month to $...
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4/20/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
(Updated 2/4/13) I am 55-plus. I’ve never wanted to be 65, but Medicare can’t come soon enough. My Blue Cross premium keeps spiraling upward yet I’m working fewer days and my income is down. I keep having to change policies--higher deductibles, more copays, less coverage--to afford it. Now it’s just backup in case of a...
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4/16/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
I’ve been without health insurance for two months now. I’m just crossing my fingers and trying to stay optimistic. The last straw was when Blue Shield raised my PPO this spring from $732 a month to $931, beyond what I can afford. No other insurance company will sell me a policy because of pre-existing conditions. I’m...