Here's an interesting article from the L.A. Times about individual health care coverage after cancer.
For all of my three years working in Chicago, and three of my six years in L.A., I was a free-lance contractor. Among other things, this meant I was responsible for my own retirement plans and insurance. Then Paul and I got married and moved to Australia, I had his company insurance and have had student insurance since then. When, after this long hiatus, I return to L.A. in the spring, I will be four and a half years out from my cancer diagnoses, and, as discussed in the article, insurance will be a real consideration...best bets if I decide insurance is a priority: corporate jobs, government jobs, or my new front-running idea...more school!
Here's a true confession though--any insurance company will catch a break with me in any case, because if I were diagnosed again, I'm pretty sure they won't pay for the alternative health clinic in Mexico where I plan to go.