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TN Couple Splits Up to Pay for Health Insurance

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            In sickness and in health… A Tennessee couple says they’ve been forced to end their 33 year marriage to keep health insurance.

            Linda and Larry Drain are splitting up.  When Larry retired, he’s making less money, but found out he’s making too much money to get help covering his wife’s chronic illness, epilepsy. 

            The Tennessee Justice Center says under the Affordable Healthcare Act, a combination of expanded Medicaid and premium tax credits was supposed to cover the uninsured, but in Tennessee, the state has not expanded Medicaid.  That has left thousands uninsured.

Larry Drain says, “in order to keep my wife alive I can't live with her unless Gov. Bill Haslam chooses to expand Medicaid I won't ever be able to live with her."

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