FIRCREST, Wash. - Many young people don't think they need health insurance.
Karissa Henderson is not one of them. Henderson, who is now 26, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma two years ago. She had cancer with no financial safety net.
"It hurt to go through that and not have insurance." says Henderson, who praises the new health care law. Her bills started piling up to over $250,000. "I would cry. People would call me wondering if they were going to get their money. This was just a week after I was diagnosed they started calling me."
Henderson wishes health reform had been in place two years ago. Under the new law, children can remain on their parent's health insurance until they turn 26.
After six months of chemotherapy, Henderson got a job with Franciscan Health Care. Partly due to that and her lack of ability to pay, the doctors and hospital dropped the bills and gave her the treatment for free.
Now, Henderson has health insurance and thinks all young people should have it. She no longer worries about the future.
"I don't want to be caught without insurance again. Now, I know where ever I go, I can get some type of insurance."