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The R&M Corner Market sits on the quiet intersection of Castle and Main streets in New Haven’s Fair Haven neighborhood, off the beaten path. Still, customers steadily came and went as Norma Franceschi (pictured) explained on a recent hot afternoon how, as a small business owner, her family’s health needs and her insurance costs don’t match up.

Franceschi immigrated to New Haven in 1971 from her native Argentina. Like many Argentinians, she is of Italian descent. She has run the store in Fair Haven since 1987. Her husband worked at Lender’s Bakery for many years, where he had good health insurance that covered his family.

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