Panama City Beach Woman Denied Healthcare Coverage

By: Cameron Taylor Email
By: Cameron Taylor Email

PANAMA CITY BEACH - 69 year old Dorothy King moved to the United States from England almost 11 years ago.

King's sole sources of income are her social security checks from England and money from beach rental properties.

She hasn't had healthcare coverage since she was 65 and doesn't receive Medicare benefits because she never paid into the system.

Like thousands of other uninsured Americans, she saw the Affordable Care Act or "ObamaCare" as the answer.

"I don't want to be a burden on my son and family here," said Dorothy King, a Panama City Resident. "I'm very independent and I want to pay for my own healthcare, but a promise is a promise and affordable healthcare is something I'm looking for."

Days after she applied through the open enrollment marketplace, she was informed she's ineligible for coverage. The reason cited is that King may have special healthcare needs.

She says that's not true.

"Age discrimination is the first thing that comes to mind," said King.

The new healthcare law has been plagued by problems on the enrollment website. The Obama administration says fixing the website is a top priority.

"We did not expect or anticipate the scale of the problems that have occurred and that's on us," said Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary.

All Dorothy King wants is affordable healthcare.

"It's bizarre to be honest. I think it's really bizarre the way things are not happening as they should have done. It's a broken promise," said King.

If she isn't approved, King's only option may be to pay $550 a month to receive Medicare.

King says she's written President Obama about being denied healthcare coverage.


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