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7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
Ann Streaker is a 32 year-old, single mom living in Florida. Her child has medical coverage through the state's Kid Care program, but Ann has had no medical insurance for herself for years. A contract employee and student, she simply can't afford it. It never has been easy, since she and her son moved to Florida from Ohio five years ago. But now...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
Virginia Neill "broke down early in life," as she puts it, but never knuckled under to misfortune. Attacked at the age of 29 by an autoimmune condition known as alopecia universalis, she nonetheless raised two children and continued to work. Her kids both are in their last year of college. Virginia, now 52, is an artist-businesswoman-...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
Dorothy Miller was not happy when she was downsized in 2000, but at least, she figured, her health care was taken care of in her retirement years. The company she had worked for, Industrial Indemnity Comopany, had arranged coverage for veteran employees before it was taken over by Fremont General. Dorothy figured wrong, as she was to find out...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
Five years ago, as she watched her health care costs surge to stratospheric heights, Laura Moe opted for what seemed to her the only feasible solution to health care costs: stay healthy and wait for Medicare to kick in. Laura, 61, a native San Franciscan, simply can't afford to buy health care. Not having it makes the self-insured small business...