Client Stories

Darwin’s Story

Darwin’s Story

Darwin has been diabetic for several years, but the disease had progressed to the point where he needed insulin every day. After he lost his job as a long haul truck driver in 2009, Darwin continued his health insurance through COBRA until it ran out. When he started having trouble with his foot, as a complication from the diabetes, Darwin went to the Essential Health Clinic and was told he needed a primary care provider to manage his chronic condition and medications on an ongoing basis. Darwin was referred to Project Access NOW, who connected him to Dr. Roger Reynolds for his primary care....

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Ann’s Story

Ann’s Story

For years, Ann worked hard to keep her small business profitable and earn enough to live on without a lot left over for “frills” like private health insurance. That’s why, when the Affordable Care Act was implemented, she was optimistic about finally getting health insurance she could afford – at first. It turns out, when she applied for coverage under the Oregon Health Plan, Ann learned that her income was barely too high to qualify. Under the plan she did qualify for, the premiums and out of pocket costs necessary to access care were prohibitively expensive, forcing...

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