New Healthcare Bill Gives Columbia Woman Hope - DatelineCarolina

New Healthcare Bill Gives Columbia Woman Hope

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Chontoija Johnson hopes she and her son will soon get insurance. Chontoija Johnson hopes she and her son will soon get insurance.

By Artisa Ricks

Posted Mar. 24, 2010 10:42 AM

      The passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act has given Columbia resident Chontoija Johnson hope.  The- 22- year old was dropped from her father's insurance and has had trouble getting coverage since.

      "Well my dad's insurance dropped me once I got sick. I tried to get back on my dad's insurance once I got back in school, but they denied me because I had a pre-existing condition," said Johnson.

      Chontoija, who has Lupus, has $60,000 in of medical bills that she can't pay. She also worries about her son.

      "I had him on Medicaid and they dropped him. It's hard getting him back on the insurance and he's one and he needs insurance," she said.

      Providence Hospital's Miranda Watkins says Providence supports the new healthcare bill and looks forward to seeing what it does for South Carolina residents.

     "Those who are above poverty level and those who really struggle because of extreme health issues, we're looking forward to seeing what this can do for them,"she says.

      If the U.S. Senate approves the reconciliation bill this week, the bill states Johnson and others may be able to start insurance coverage as early as September.

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