Cathy Lynn Howell Allen, Marblehead, OH

Cathy is a healthy and energetic small business owner who has recently purchased health insurance for the first time in many years. Considered “uninsurable” because of a history of Systemic Lupus, Cathy had been denied coverage several times though she has required very little medical treatment over the last two decades. “Nothing is more important to the success of my business than my personal health,” she says. “Without me working and paying the bills, my firm would close.” Cathy is now enrolled in the Ohio High Risk Pool which has given her peace of mind and less worry about losing her business or retirement because of the financial instability that goes with being uninsured.

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Number of employers that have been approved for the early retiree reinsurance program as of August 31:


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