Some forego insurance as deadline looms; other people run out of coverage options

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Nathan Beesley of Medora wants health care insurance, but right now he says it’s cheaper to pay the federal penalty — $95 for the year vs. more than $200 per month.

He said he’s glad his two children are insured through a state health program, making his decision to pay the penalty easier.

Small-business owner Gail Speer of rural Seymour wants coverage, too, but she’s afraid she’ll soon be paying for a knee replacement surgery from her own pocket.2,313 residents uninsured, comes closest to matching to Jackson County.

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