Freelancer – Seattle, WA
Growing up, Kort’s family didn’t have health coverage. At one point, his father broke his leg and the steep medical bills caused the family to fall on hard times. So Kort, 27, knows how risky it is to live without health insurance. But as a freelancer, he simply couldn’t afford it. For two years he went without coverage, hoping not to get sick. But he did get sick. At one point he got walking pneumonia, which he left untreated for a month until he cracked a rib from coughing so hard. The doctor’s visit was expensive, and he ended up having to pay for it with his tax return. So when Washington Healthplanfinder opened in October, Kort was one of the first to explore the new health insurance options. He found a quality health plan, and learned that he qualified for tax credits to make the plan more affordable. He’s relieved to be covered and happy he no longer has to worry about medical costs for needed treatment.