Kaiser Health News / Mississippi Public Broadcasting, January 3, 2014
If you're looking for evidence that healthcare.gov, the federal health insurance marketplace, is working much better these days, you might want to ask Arlene Wilson. The 56-year-old is a chef with a popular pizza shop in Jackson, Mississippi. Wilson says that "most jobs don't offer" health insurance. Because "most of us live paycheck to paycheck," she says she's been unable to afford insurance for the past eight years. But the health law was designed to help people like Wilson and her co-workers. Aided by insurance navigator Gloria Shields, Wilson ventured through the online enrollment process. It took two hours, but: "I got the premium plan. Which pays up to 90 percent [of medical costs]."