Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Gloria in Harrisonville, Pennsylvania

Gloria in Harrisonville, Pennsylvania
Originally uploaded by walk4healthcare

Gloria is the owner of Hollinshead grocery. She told me how the grocery, a family business, has been in Harrisonville for over a hundred years. Being self-employed, She hasn’t had health coverage for more than twenty years, ever since her husband’s company went out of business. “It’s just too expensive to get insurance being self-employed,” she told me.

Three years ago, her husband had a heart attack and died. She explained that paying for his care, even in the midst of grieving, was not easy. “A Harrisburg doctor accepted a ‘payment plan’,” and she also applied for Hill-Burton funds to pay for testing and other hospital costs. “Things were not easy,” she added, with a touch of melancholy.

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