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No sign of cancer for Keene woman

MANCHESTER - Gail O'Brien of Keene, the first woman in the nation to get insurance through the high-risk pool under the Affordable Care Act, said Thursday she is showing no sign of cancer.

Nearly two years after getting insurance July 1, 2010, and treatment for her non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, O'Brien said: 'Currently there is no sign of cancer, but they won't let me use the word cancer-free.'

In a conference call with N.H. Voices for Health, O'Brien said she got sick in March 2010 after her family went without insurance for four or five years because they couldn't afford it.

Although they paid for private insurance after her husband lost his job at the former Bradlees store, it became too expensive, she said.

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