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Newly Insured Westport Woman Meets Obama, Touts Affordable Care Act

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes discusses Ann Chrisman's story earlier this week in a meeting with President Obama. Chrisman is a Westport resident.
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes discusses Ann Chrisman's story earlier this week in a meeting with President Obama. Chrisman is a Westport resident. Video Credit: congressmanhimes
Ann Chrisman of Westport met President Obama this week to discuss how the Affordable Care Act has improved their lives. Chrisman, 51, is fighting breast cancer.
Ann Chrisman of Westport met President Obama this week to discuss how the Affordable Care Act has improved their lives. Chrisman, 51, is fighting breast cancer. Photo Credit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/
President Barack Obama meets with citizens who wrote letters to him about how their lives were improved thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
President Barack Obama meets with citizens who wrote letters to him about how their lives were improved thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Photo Credit: White House

WESTPORT, Conn. -- A single mother from Westport who is fighting breast cancer met President Barack Obama this week to discuss how the Affordable Care Act has improved their lives.

Ann Chrisman, was one of 10 Americans to meet with Obama. In a floor statement, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th District) opposed the House Republicans’ latest attempt to take health coverage away from Chrisman and millions of other Americans who have gained insurance under the law.

In July 2014, Chrisman, a 51-year-old mother of three and licensed massage therapist, wrote a letter to Obama saying that she could not afford health insurance. But when the Health Insurance Marketplace opened, Chrisman learned that she qualified for Medicaid in Connecticut. That coverage finally gave her the chance to see a doctor – and catch her breast cancer early.

In her letter to the president, Chrisman wrote, “The cancer has been detected at a very early stage, which, with a 98 percent survival rate, has saved my life! Moreover, the cost of this screening and minor procedure will be far less than the cost of treating a more developed cancer. Thank you, Mr. President, for assuring the passage of this critical legislation. You have profoundly improved the quality of my life.”

"Today, House Republicans made their 56th attempt to take health insurance away from Ann and millions of other families that now have health security for the first time,' Himes said. "Instead of continuing their partisan attacks on health reform, Republicans should be working with Democrats to make sure more middle-class and low-income Americans feel the benefits of our economic recovery.”

Since the launch of Access Health CT, Connecticut’s uninsured rate has been cut in half. During this year’s enrollment period, which ends Feb. 15, a total of 95,244 residents statewide have enrolled in private insurance plans, including 29,388 new enrollees.

In addition, 400,707 Connecticut residents have enrolled in Medicaid through Access Health since October 2013. About 10 million Americans gained health insurance in 2014 because of the Affordable Care Act, according to the White House.

Since the launch of the Affordable Care Act's first open enrollment period, more than 10.1 million Americans have enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP, according to the Obama administration.

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