Because It Protects My Family…

The Health Insurance Marketplace helps take some of the worry out of parenting. 

Posted October 9, 2013

Being a parent is hard enough without having to worry about how you’d get the medical care you need if you got sick or injured. But the new Health Insurance Marketplace can help by bringing quality, affordable coverage that fits your needs within reach. The Marketplace means new options for uninsured parents around the country, to help them better ensure they can be there for their family.

It means new options for people like Lupita, a single mother and a registered dental assistant who is worried about health insurance. When we caught up with Lupita, she told us she works overtime to provide for her daughter. Like millions of Americans, Lupita does not have health insurance because she can’t afford it.

She shared her story with us:

"I work really hard as a single mom. When you have a nine-year-old daughter, it can be wild getting her out of bed, getting her ready for school. It gets crazy.

I stay on the clock a little extra longer just to make sure that I have enough at the end of the month for both of us.

Not having health insurance is something that stays on my mind during the hustle and bustle of daily life – especially when I’m driving: One car crash could cost everything. I could lose it all.

I’m looking forward to enrolling because I’ll finally be able to have insurance. It’s just a click away… it’s like one stop shopping.”

The Health Insurance Marketplace is open for business, and Americans across the nation are shopping for and enrolling in quality, affordable coverage. You have until December 15 to apply for coverage that starts January 1, 2014. Enrollment stays open until March 31, 2014.

There are a number of ways to shop for coverage in the Marketplace. You can call the call center at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY 1-855-889-4325), or use the Find Local Help feature on to find people in your community who are trained to help you understand your coverage options and enroll in a plan.