Patient profile: Dan Brodrick
When Dan Brodrick of Gainesboro, Tennessee, lost his job, he and his wife, Sharon, lost their health insurance. Sharon applied for coverage but was denied repeatedly because of a pre-existing condition. Then she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer of the small intestine. The Brodricks spent their life savings on what treatment they could afford, but Sharon didn’t get all the care she needed and she died of the disease. Cancer took Dan’s wife and left him with more than $80,000 in medical bills, a debt that Dan will be paying for the rest of his life.
F The Affordable Care Act prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. People like Dan won’t lose loved ones because they couldn’t get the care they needed.