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Two Cape Cods: Hidden Poverty on the Cape and Islands - Part 18

From: WCAI / WNAN
Series: Two Cape Cods: Hidden Poverty on the Cape and Islands
Length: 04:34

Uninsured and Underinsured in Brewster: More than 40,000 Cape residents are without health insurance. This vulnerable class may be just one illness or injury away from not being able to afford their homes.

Jameswarrenphoto_small Those who serve Cape Cod's poor are the first to point out that behind the veil of the affluent summer paradise we all recognize, hides a community that continually struggles to make ends meet. This duPont-Columbia Award-winning series examines the unique factors that contribute to persistent and hidden poverty throughout the Cape and Islands region. Each story is set in one of the fifteen towns on Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

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Those who serve Cape Cod's poor are the first to point out that behind the veil of the affluent summer paradise we all recognize, hides a community that continually struggles to make ends meet. This duPont-Columbia Award-winning series examines the unique factors that contribute to persistent and hidden poverty throughout the Cape and Islands region. Each story is set in one of the fifteen towns on Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

Transcript

While talks continue on Beacon Hill regarding how to best provide health insurance coverage to all Massachusetts state residents, the number of uninsured on Cape Cod continues to grow, putting families at risk of homelessness and substantial debt if an illness or injury strikes. Low and moderate-income families are worried about the high cost of health insurance, but in many cases feel helpless to do anything about it.

60-year-old Betsy Smith has a doctorate degree and owns her own home in Brewster, along the shore of Seymour's Pond, which is a very good thing because she spends 65% of her yearly income on health insurance.

Betsy Smith: "I went all around trying to find a way to qualify for a group insurance policy because it is so much cheaper to be employed through a group? I now have this individual policy that I am paying for by myself without any favorable rates because I ca...
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