Blog posts in this is why

  • How I finally got health coverage that fits my needs

    The irony of working in the health care field and not being able to afford health care was pretty intense. But now I finally feel like I can go to the doctor.

    Accidents happen to everyone. There is no harm in just checking your options­–you might find the coverage that fits you and save money while you're at it.

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  • Young, hardworking, in love—and now, covered

    I found a plan that fits my needs, when I need it.

    My fiancé and I both work at startup companies that we love. We're both covered through the Illinois marketplace, thanks to Obamacare. It gives us the freedom to be young, hardworking, and in love, and to plan our future without fearing that an accident or an illness will derail our dreams.

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  • Family first—no matter what

    Our family is just like yours: We're just looking for the best way to take care of each other.

    I told my husband after my second bout with cancer that if it ever came back, we should make the difficult decision not to treat it. We just couldn’t afford it. We had friends who have lost their homes because of the costs of cancer treatments, and I didn't want to put my family through that. But now, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I won't have to make that choice.

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  • In my eyes, Obamacare literally saved my life

    I was able to stay on my parents insurance to get the care I needed.

    I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2011, when I was 23 years old. Luckily, the Obamacare provision that allows children to stay on their parents insurance until they turn 26 had gone into effect one month before I would have aged off my parents' insurance—and two months before I was diagnosed.

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  • I found my golden ticket (well, platinum)

    I was amazed by the plans on the new marketplace—and you could be too.

    It's been a huge relief to know that I can now afford what I need to stay healthy, and to know that if anything happens I'm covered—all thanks to Obamacare. But getting here wasn't easy, and as anyone with a mental illness can tell you, it shouldn't ever have to be that hard.

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  • What does health insurance mean to this 20-something?

    Hint: It's the freedom to do what I want.

    Taking a risk in business is one thing, but taking a risk with my health is not an option. Sure, my health will always be a factor in my life, but whose isn’t? The important thing is that it doesn’t define who I am, and it doesn’t dictate my choices. Because I’m covered, I can live the life I want to live, and that’s what matters.


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  • Watch Amy tell her health care story

    Amy had a six-month lapse in coverage while treating a heart condition—but thanks to Obamacare, that won't ever happen again.

    Last year, Amy was denied private health insurance coverage and lived in fear for six months. But now she's covered. Hear her story.

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  • A health care story you need to hear

    Before health care reform, Renee had to face cancer without the coverage she needed.

    Now—thanks to the Affordable Care Act—Renee will have the peace of mind of knowing she can't be denied coverage, and she won't have to face limits on her care.

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  • This is why health care reform matters

    You're going to want to read these stories.

    On January 1st, new coverage and protections kicked in for millions of Americans, giving them the security they deserve. Right now, because of the Affordable Care Act, things are getting a little bit better for a whole lot of people. That's a big deal.
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  • The real story of the Affordable Care Act

    We all have a health care story to tell. Here's mine.

    Accidents happen to everyone. Life throws us curve-balls. We're all just patients with "pre-existing conditions" waiting to happen.

    That was until the the protections put in place by the Affordable Care Act. Now, Americans with pre-existing conditions can no longer be discriminated against or left to fend for themselves. read more »
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  • “It was kind of like online shopping”

    After going almost eight months without coverage, this 26-year old recent law school graduate found a plan that covers what she needs, at a price she can afford.

    Rosetta, a self-described coupon-cutter, does her shopping online, because “Who has time to go to the store?” She took that same approach to health insurance, and found a plan for less than $40 a month. read more »
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  • Why I volunteer: The Affordable Care Act

    Insurance companies are no longer allowed to discriminate against patients with pre-existing conditions.

    In 2009, I was surprised and dismayed when my husband and I were denied health insurance. I had heard of people losing health coverage due to cancer and other life threatening conditions, but arthritis in an index finger? read more »
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  • "I can go to the doctor again"

    I had been denied by insurance companies more times than I could count.

    I'm a small business owner who has struggled for years with a health insurance plan that was so bare-bones it barely existed. That will all change on January 1st—with a plan that costs less, includes free preventive care, and covers everything I need. read more »
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