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Fri Oct 30, 2020, 07:36 AM

Who Can You Trust With Your Health Care? Here's What Downstate Illinois Candidates Promise

This article is a collaboration between St. Louis Public Radio and the Belleville News-Democrat.

Jolene Baker’s knees ached with arthritis, she suffered from high blood pressure, and she needed medication for frequent migraines.

The East St. Louis resident’s employer-sponsored health insurance covered less and became more expensive every year she worked at the fast-food seafood restaurant. The 56-year-old’s untreated health problems made it almost impossible to work on her feet all day.

“I was weak. I was sluggish,” Baker said.

She had to quit to find more suitable part-time work, and she lost her health insurance.


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