Irene Got Covered and Shared Her Very Personal Story

Irene obtained health care coverage through the Marketplace and shared her story with Florida CHAIN and with Health News Florida Editor Carol Gentry. Click the photo to read and listen to her story.

Irene obtained health care coverage through the Marketplace and shared her story with Florida CHAIN and with Health News Florida Editor Carol Gentry. Click to read and listen to her story.

Hello. My name is Irene Jacusis and I would like to share with you my healthcare success story.

Earlier this year I lost my husband to a very aggressive cancer. Neither one of us had insurance prior to him getting ill and as a result, he put off going to the doctor as long as possible. He felt it was just too expensive. By the time he did acquire insurance, it was too late and he passed away soon after his diagnosis.

After he passed away I felt that I desperately needed to get insurance for myself. I had no idea where to start or what to do. My husband had always made our financial decisions and I was completely lost when it came time to start looking for a plan. I ended up with insurance that had a high premium and a high deductible. I went for an annual well woman exam and found I had a tumor which needed to be removed. Unfortunately, the deductible had to be paid prior to the surgery and I was left with no choice but to cancel both the surgery and the policy.

On October 1st, I was as excited as everyone else to begin the process of getting affordable insurance through the healthcare.gov program. Although I first experienced a few glitches, I was able to apply and compare several plans side by side to choose which plan worked best for me. I can now schedule my surgery and more importantly, I have peace of mind knowing I am able to afford the lower deductible and monthly premium.

I could not have done this though, without the help of local Navigators. A special thank you to both of them.