‘‘We have no co-pays at all,’’ Rowell said of his health insurance. Such costs could add up to about $2,000 out of pocket for him if the system were changed, he said.
Rowell said he has been fortunate financially as a private businessman and that he might be able to afford an increase in taking on some of the medical costs now covered by Tricare, should Washington decide to pare the program. But he uses his savings to help his five children, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, some of whom have no insurance.
‘‘I sure hope they don’t change it,’’ he said of his health insurance benefits. ‘‘It’s a big worry.’’
Rowell says he’s disconcerted about the lack of information coming from Washington on details of the fiscal cliff talks.
‘‘I'm in the dark,’’ he said.
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