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For Minnesotans who use Obamacare, the election brought only uncertainty


Kelsey Barkley isn’t sure what Donald Trump’s election means for the future of Obamacare and health insurance. But she knows it means anxiety for her. Barkley, 25, suffers from a genetic nerve condition that causes numbness in her limbs and, when it flares up, extreme pain.

“When it happens,’’ she said, “it’s something you need insurance for.”

Barkley and people like her have benefited in multiple ways from the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and its strategies for increasing access to health insurance. One provision, which Barkley has used, allows children to stay on their parents’ coverage until age 26. Another forbids insurance companies from denying coverage because of a person’s preexisting medical conditions. Another expanded the state-federal Medicaid program to more low-income childless adults like Barkley.


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