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LISTEN: Profiles of Uninsured in Texas as Marketplace Opens

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Veronica Zaragovia for KUT News
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Paula Phillips of San Marcos lacks health insurance and struggles to put money aside for medical bills. She may not qualify for a health insurance tax credit and is too young for Medicare.

Central Texas has more than 100,000 uninsured people – some of whom may decide to get coverage through the health insurance marketplace that launches today.

On the player below, listen to interviews with three Central Texans who are uninsured – about their health care situation – and what they might do as the Affordable Care Act takes effect.

We hear first from 60-year-old Paula Phillips, who earns too little to qualify for a tax subsidy for insurance through the marketplace and is too young for Medicare. She's followed by 26-year-old Eric Bradley  from Austin and and 27-year-old Maria Acuña from Del Valle.

The piece was produced in conjunction with the Austin American-Statesman's Tim Eaton and Kelly West. You can read more about the uninsured in Central Texas – in today’s print edition of the Statesman or at statesman.com.

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