The Sunday Story Podcast: How do you get health care when you can’t afford the bill?

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Covington resident Jake Caldwell is 31.

He also has a chronic liver disease.

If he’d gone to a doctor sooner, it might not have gotten this far. But what else could he do? Because he didn’t have health insurance or a way to pay for care out of pocket, he avoided going to the doctor for years.

“You just kind of let things go that you shouldn’t let go,” he said. “There were a few times where I had obviously broken a bone, like in my hand or my foot, and I was just like, ‘Fine, I’ll walk it off, I’ll let it go, because I can’t afford to pay the bill.’ ”

Like Caldwell, 276,000 Kentuckians are without health insurance.

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