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Local woman gaining national attention fighting for Affordable Healthcare Act

Thursday, Bev Veals finished her last chemo treatment for colon cancer. She's already beat breast cancer. That pre-existing condition made buying health insurance too costly when Veals moved back to North Carolina in 2009. Thursday, Bev Veals finished her last chemo treatment for colon cancer. She's already beat breast cancer. That pre-existing condition made buying health insurance too costly when Veals moved back to North Carolina in 2009.

KURE BEACH, NC (WECT) - While the politicians argue over Obamacare in Washington, millions of Americans wonder how they will get the insurance the plan says they must have. But one woman in New Hanover County is in a different situation.

Thursday, Bev Veals finished her last chemo treatment for colon cancer. She's already beat breast cancer. That pre-existing condition made buying health insurance too costly when Veals moved back to North Carolina in 2009. It would have cost her more than $2,000 a month. For more than two years she went without coverage.

"When you're fighting cancer you realize very quickly sometimes it's the medical profession against the insurance profession and you're the patient stuck in the middle," said Veals.

Then the Affordable Healthcare Act was signed into law, and Veals was able to get health insurance. Then came the diagnosis with colon cancer. 

"Had it not have been for the Affordable Care Act and I hadn't been able to get a cyclonoscope and services it's afforded me, I would be probably dead by now," said Veals. 

When the feds took over coverage of pre-existing conditions in July, the rate went up. 

"That cost us another thousand dollar deductible and $3,000 out of pocket. That added cost to our medical coverage this year. But at the same time I'm still covered," added Veals.

In January, Veals and others with pre-existing conditions will be able to buy coverage from the new insurance marketplace. That could mean lower rates again, in case she faces another medical challenge.

"If the affordable healthcare act goes away I don't have any means to take care of myself as far as medically goes. I don't qualify for medicaid. I don't qualify for disability. I don't qualify for anything that would help me otherwise," said Veals. 

The Associated Press recently ran an article on Veals and earlier this week she was interviewed by NBC News. 
     
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