Couple married 33 years separate so wife can keep health insurance

Couple married 33 years separate so wife can keep health insurance

July 7th, 2014 by The Tennessean in Local - Breaking News

Larry and Linda Drain

Larry and Linda Drain

Photo by The Tennessean /Times Free Press.

The day Linda Drain put baby's breath in her hair and said "I do," she had no idea that government policies would tear her apart from her husband.

But 33 years later, she and her husband, Larry Drain, separated so she could keep her health insurance.

Six months into the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Drains are among 162,000 Tennesseans who got caught in a coverage gap. Their household income is too little to qualify for a government subsidy to buy health insurance, and they live in a state not expanding Medicaid.

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