My name is Allyson and I'm an 18 year old college student at the University of Arizona. I grew up in Ohio but eventually moved to Tucson for my dad's job. My parents are both doctors; dad's a surgeon and mom's a radiation oncologist. I was born with congenital heart defects on the right side of my heart. As a baby, I underwent two open heart surgeries and had to go through a third when I was twelve. I had my fourth when I was 16 and six months later I had a defibrillator put in, which eventually led to another surgery due to complications. Two months after that I had the device removed with another open heart procedure -- it was a tough recovery but I did it! After all of that, I was nearing my lifetime coverage limits and we were all worried about what I would do if I maxed it out, about how I would deal with the financial hardship and stress that would have come with that.
Luckily, the Affordable Healthcare Act was passed just in time, as it prevents lifetime limits being placed on anyone. The Affordable Care Act also gave my parents and I the peace of mind of knowing that I would never be denied healthcare coverage because of my preexisting condition. It was one less thing I had to worry about. In the past three months I've had 8 surgeries due to complications. During my stays in ICU I saw a lot of babies and young children very sick with parents who were terrified. In those moments, I always think about how this Act doesn't just affect me but everyone around me. It'll help kids like me and their parents for decades to come. Find out how the Affordable Healthcare Act affects you and sign-up to help protect it by volunteering in your area.