By Laurence Hammack and David Ress
Over the course of five years, Charlene Humphrey’s kidney stone has grown to nearly the size of a walnut, demanding an operation she cannot afford.
Even if Virginia decides to expand Medicaid, as called for by the Affordable Care Act but by no means a certainty, Humphrey would not be eligible for that program. Her annual salary of $19,000 is slightly above the eligibility cutoff.
But overall, health plans expect that people in the Roanoke area who buy coverage through the marketplace will pay about the state average for exchange-based plans, according to their filings. For a nonsmoker in his or her 40s, that’s in the $300 to $325 a month range, the documents show.