Jeanie Vance, a Kihei, Maui, resident who has been a self-employed Realtor on the Valley Isle for the past 25 years, was able to find a plan through the Hawaii Health Connector.
She was able to purchase a plan last year for coverage that started on January 1, 2014 after going without health insurance for the past five years.
Jeanie had to forgo coverage when the recession hit and was forced to make a difficult decision: “It was food or insurance. Food won.”
Although the economy improved, Jeanie faced new health challenges and unfortunately was not able to get coverage because of a pre-existing condition. As a result, she has lived with chronic pain. Despite this, Jeanie has remained upbeat and positive, and says that with her new coverage, she will be scheduling a surgery that will alleviate the pain. It’s a vivid example of how the Hawai‘i Connector continues to bring the gift of health to Hawai‘i residents statewide.
Although the cost of her health insurance will not be subsidized, Jeanie was able to select a plan that made sense for her situation – a plan with slightly higher monthly premiums, but lower deductibles.
Jeanie has peace of mind thanks to finding a health plan through the Connector. If you have any questions about your health coverage or think you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP), contact a Kokua today! You can call our customer support center at 1-877-628-5076.