I Don’t Have to Worry Anymore: My Affordable, #GetCovered Story

Posted March 12, 2014
By Angele Bravo

As a 29-year-old single mom, my life revolves around my wonderful young daughter. I work hard as a temp clerk at a New Orleans mammography clinic to provide her a good life. I stay on top of my bills and I pay taxes. I’m a responsible mom.

But I haven’t had health insurance for the past three years.

My 7-year-old daughter is covered by the Louisiana Children’s Health Insurance Program, but insurance for myself was too expensive. It was scary to live without knowing what would happen if I got really sick or if I had a serious accident. I put off check-ups and I calculated how bad it would have to get before I sought medical help. With every sniffle or cough, I wondered if this was going to turn into the hospital visit that bankrupted us.

My uninsured days finally ended when a colleague at the clinic told me about the Health Insurance Marketplace. I went on HealthCare.gov and learned that I qualified for a lower premium. I was able to enroll in a Silver health plan and a dental plan for a total of less than $18 a month. Yes, less than $18!

My coverage began February 1 and I’ve already been to the doctor for a consultation.

The Affordable Care Act has brought me security to know I can get medical attention when I need to, without saving up money or worrying about how the cost will hurt my family.

I want everybody – moms, dads, college students, and anybody looking for affordable health care – to know that they have a chance to find quality coverage in their price range. In fact, 6 out of 10 uninsured Americans could get coverage for $100 or less a month.

There are only a couple of weeks left before the March 31 open enrollment deadline, so don’t delay. Get covered today.

There are simple ways to shop for coverage and enroll in a plan. You can enroll online at HealthCare.gov; over the phone at the 24/7 call center at 1-800-318-2596; or directly through an issuer, agent, or broker. You can also find in-person assistance in your community at localhelp.healthcare.gov.