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Rep. Yarmuth Highlights Louisvillian's Health Care Story

WASHINGTON – In a speech on the House floor this afternoon, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) highlighted the story of Will Russell, a Louisville small-business owner who is benefiting from the Affordable Care Act through kynect, Kentucky’s health insurance exchange.

The full text of Congressman Yarmuth’s remarks is below.

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Mr. Speaker, my state of Kentucky is a national model for how the Affordable Care Act can make our constituents’ lives more secure and their businesses stronger. I’d like to share one story.

Will Russell is the owner of WHY Louisville, a small, independent business in my District that specializes in locally designed clothing and art. The father of a 1-year-old, he also has a pre-existing condition that led insurance companies to deny him coverage for the past 15 years.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, beginning January 1, Will and his wife and son will be covered under a plan they found on kynect, Kentucky’s health insurance exchange.

Will estimates his family will save $300 a month. Add that to the peace of mind that comes with knowing he’ll never face medical bankruptcy – and the threat of losing his thriving business – just because he didn’t have access to insurance.

He’s been so pleased with the ease and affordability of kynect that he’s now exploring coverage for his employees for the first time through the state’s small-business exchange.

Mr. Speaker, Will’s story is one among millions of Americans who are finding expanded care through the Affordable Care Act.

To quote Will, “It’s going to be a new day for my family, for me, and so many people just like us in Kentucky and throughout the country.”