Knoxville cancer survivor looks forward to Obamacare options

Knoxville cancer survivor looks forward to Obamacare options

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"I was devastated when I found out that I was going to owe a co-pay of $7,000," Beth Maples-Bay said. "I was devastated when I found out that I was going to owe a co-pay of $7,000," Beth Maples-Bay said.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - In just two days people can begin enrolling in the new health insurance plans offered under Obamacare. Though the law is reviled by many conservatives, some patients are looking forward to new options offered by the Affordable Care Act.

A Knoxville woman who's been battling cancer says she will have more options going forward.

Starting in 2014, most insurance plans won't be able to refuse helping you because you have a pre-existing condition. That was a challenge Beth Maples-Bays has been running up against throughout her life.

Maples-Bays was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. The 61-year-old has had radiation and surgery making her a survivor.

Being on a fixed income, Maples-Bays says paying for the cancer treatments has made life tough.

"I was devastated when I found out that I was going to owe a co-pay of $7,000," she said.

While she does receive help from Medicare, Maples-Bays says one year later she wishes the Affordable Care Act had taken effect before being diagnosed and treated for cancer.

"You can't afford to get sick. You can't afford until the Affordable Care Act," she added.

Even though she's in remission, Maples-Bays says her form of breast cancer requires a medication to keep her healthy for the next five years.

Going forward she says she's relieved to know the Affordable Care Act is giving her options and will make it fairer for people who may be in a similar situation.

"The coverage is going to be there for us for those of us with a pre-existing condition. Those of us who are disabled we'll be able to get healthcare without going in debt," she said.

Prices for the new healthcare plans depend on factors such as age, income, and where you live.

Answers to questions about enrolling for insurance under the Affordable Care Act can be found at healthcare.gov.

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