Thanks to Medicaid expansion, my son Brandon is eligible to receive comprehensive health coverage.
I honestly didn’t know what to expect, but when I got to healthcare.gov it turned out to be very user-friendly and it only took me 30 minutes to sign-up!
I am a Type 1 diabetic and require health coverage to prevent major problems. Without the Affordable Care Act, I would likely have to abandon my career goals.
Finally, cancer treatments don't come with the threat of bankruptcy.
This is an issue that is very near and dear to me because I have two very big pre-existing conditions.
Your experiences don't have to be dramatic, long or well-written to be powerful. You have a story to tell if:
- You are uninsured and seeking low cost coverage options
- You are a small business owner who cannot find affordable coverage for yourself or your employees
- You are self-employed and needing coverage or more comprehensive coverage
- You or a loved one have Medicaid coverage
- You have questions about what health reform will mean for you and your family
The personal experiences of real moms and dads make a huge difference when we're talking to leaders. It gives them a window into our lives and makes them understand why health reform is so important. Scroll down below to get started!
Mom and Small Business Owner
Today, I'm fortunate to have health coverage for my young family and, as a successful business owner, offer health insurance to all my employees. This wasn't always the case. Years ago, as I was trying to get my small business off the ground, I became pregnant with my first amazing child. I didn't have insurance, nor could I get it even if I wanted to pay for it because pregnancy was considered a pre-existing condition. Thankfully, I found a state program CHIP in Texas that granted access to the vital prenatal care I needed. Now, the Affordable Care Act has a provision that prevents insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, including pregnancy. This protection is vital for new mothers, like me, who should never have to face the fear of not getting the care they need when it matters most
Dad with Better Coverage for Less
Although my family is relatively well-to-do and has always had so-called top-of-the-line healthcare coverage, for the first time in my life, I was able to easily compare healthcare options. And I was able to make those comparisons with clear visibility on what is truly covered and at what minimum and maximum cost – before making any financial commitment. Now, my family is covered by the same preferred healthcare provider as before; but with superior coverage and lower cost.
I am a self employed graphic artist who had not been insured for over 10 years. The price of insurance on the individual market kept going up while the quality of insurance went down. Thanks to the ACA, my husband and I now have quality health insurance for $58 a month. We are ecstatic! Having coverage is an absolute blessing.
No Longer Ruled Out
A lot of health insurance programs ruled me out because I have pre-existing conditions—multiple sclerosis, endometriosis, and early onset arthritis. The monthly infusion for my MS costs $5,000, and when I don't do it, my brain lesions return. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I now have coverage that costs $300 instead of $1,200 a month and I’m getting the care I need!