(ANITA) NEW AT 5 — A LOCAL COUPLE GETS A SPIKE IN THEIR INSURANCE PREMIUM THEY JUST FOUND OUT IT'S GETTING HIKED 75 PERCENT – AND IT WAS NO BARGAIN TO BEGIN WITH

(TOM) NOW THEY'RE TRYING TO FIND OUT HOW THEY'LL MAKE ENDS MEET INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER CHRIS HORNE FIRST TALKED WITH THIS FAMILY IN HIS INVESTIGATION OF SUPRISE MEDICAL BILLS – NOW THEY HAVE A DIFFERENT PROBLEM (CHRIS) THE PROBLEM NOW IS NOT IN-NETWORK OR OUT OF NETWORK – THIS TIME IT'S PRICE (CHRIS) THOMAS EMA WAS SELF-EMPLOYED AND NOW RETIRED HIS HEALTH INSURER HAS STOPPED COVERING INDIVIDUAL POLICIES WHERE HE LIVES IN WILLIAMSBURG

HE WAS ALREADY PAYING 16 HUNDRED DOLLARS A MONTH FOR COVERAGE – NOW IT'S 28 HUNDRED SO IN ADDITION TO HIS MEDICAL PROBLEMS, HE NOW HAS A CASE OF STICKER SHOCK (CHRIS HORNE) THOMAS EMA OF WILLIAMSBURG PAINTS IN HIS SPARE TIME NOW – AND IN ONE QUICK STROKE RECENTLY HE FOUND OUT THAT HIS HEALTH INSURANCE WAS DROPPED HE SAYS ANTHEM TOLD HIM IN DECEMBER IT WAS NO LONGER WRITING POLICIES FOR INDIVIDUALS IN JAMES CITY COUNTY THOMAS EMA / HEALTH PREMIUM ROSE 75% — SINCE I WAS SELF-EMPLOYED, WE'VE ALWAYS HAD A AN COST OF COVERAGE WENT FROM 16 HUNDRED TO 28 HUNDRED DOLLARS – A 75 PERCENT INCREASE

LIZ EMA / HEALTH PREMIUM ROSE 75% — WE ALL GET EXPENSES – YOU KNOW, SOMETHING HAPPENS WITH YOUR CAR AND IT'S THAT ONE MONTH HIT, AND YOUR BUDGET ADJUSTS BUT THIS IS EVERY SINGLE MONTH THOMAS EMA / HEALTH PREMIUM ROSE 75% — ANYTHING EXTRA THAT WE WERE THINKING ABOUT DOING IS PRETTY MUCH OFF THE TREATMENTS FOR AN IMMUNE DEFICIENCY THAT WOULD COST EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH IF HE HAD TO PAY FOR THEM OUT OF POCKET HE ALSO HAS DIABETES, AS WELL AS LYMPHOMA THAT IS CURRENTLY IN REMISSION BUT HE WASN'T DROPPED FOR MEDICAL REASONS

IT WAS A DECISION BY ANTHEM TO STOP WRITING INDIVIDUAL POLICIES WHERE HE LIVES THE RETIRED GRAPHIC ARTIST IS CONCERNED THAT THE FINANCIAL PRESSURE WILL START TO COLOR HIS HEALTH THOMAS EMA / HEALTH NOW HAS THAT POTENTIAL I'M JUST TRYING TO MANAGE IT THE BEST THAT I CAN (CHRIS) THE EMAS WANT TO KNOW WHY PEOPLE WHO ARE SELF-EMPLOYED HAVE SUCH A TOUGH TIME GETTING HEALTH COVERAGE

WE'RE GOING TO ASK ANTHEM THAT QUESTION – AND FIND OUT WHAT CAN BE DONE – NEXT WEEK WHEN WE EXPLORE THIS PROBLEM IN DEPTH CHRIS HORNE 10 ON YOUR

Source: Youtube