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Read Sharon and Earnest’s story

Sharon Evans

Sharon Evans

Earnest, 59, and Sharon, 57, have been married 22 years. This is their story about what getting coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace meant to them.

Earnest: In July 2013, my wife Sharon was diagnosed with both lung and breast cancer. My immediate thought was that I would need to resign from my job as a vice president for sales of an education company in order to become a full-time caregiver.

Both of Sharon’s parents and her only sister had cancer. The diagnosis was frightening news.

The complication with Earnest’s plan was that he would lose health insurance from his employer.

While they were in a position to afford insurance on the private market, no private insurance company would write a policy due to Sharon’s pre-existing condition.

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