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Chronically Ill Count Days to Jan. 1

Tampa Tribune
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Bob Linde, who runs a business in St. Petersburg, has been unable to get health insurance for a decade because of Gulf War Syndrome symptoms that dot his medical records. When it was available, it was unaffordable.

But he worries that a serious illness or injury could wipe him out. Come Jan. 1, that worry will go away for Linde and others who have been unable to obtain affordable and decent health coverage.

On that day, under a provision of the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies will no longer be allowed to reject adults with what the industry calls “pre-existing conditions” or charge them astronomical rates (the law already prohibits discrimination against children).

As part of a continuing series on the countdown to the main parts of the Affordable Care Act, the Tampa Tribune shares the stories of Linde and several other Floridians who are looking forward to having comprehensive, affordable coverage under the law known as Obamacare. 

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.