The Most Important Thing That I Do: Amy’s #GetCovered Story

Posted February 26, 2014
By Nicholas Garlow, Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services

Music is Amy’s passion. Singing is her life, and her income. She tours on her own; doing more than 100 shows a year. A typical day is busy. Between travel, interviews, sound checks, and a show, she barely has time for dinner and sleep. But that doesn’t keep her from writing songs in the middle of the night.

“It’s not just musicians, it’s any artist.  We’re just like any small business – all we’re trying to do is put a roof over our head and food on the table and feed our kids, and send our kids to good schools.  We don’t need gold houses.  But health care is a basic right I think, so it’s nice that the ACA is there for us now.”

Amy’s voice is her career, which makes being healthy that much more important.

“My instrument exists within my body.  If my body is unhealthy, my instrument is unhealthy, I can’t do my job, I don’t make a living.” 

Three years ago, Amy came down with acute laryngitis and lost her voice for several months. She had to cancel part of her tour and, then without income, also faced a huge medical bill. Amy had insurance, but it excluded her voice.

“It was a real health scare for me. I was covered, but I had a very high deductible. To go to the clinic, that was a $10,000 bill.”

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Amy was able to find a plan that fit her needs and her budget.

“Once I put in the plan that I wanted, [HealthCare.gov] came back and told me what my premium would be, I almost fell off my chair. My deductible is $500 a year, and my premium is $26 a month.”

Watch the rest of Amy’s story in the video above—then follow her lead and get covered at www.HealthCare.gov.

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