I’m no Superman: My #GetCovered Story

Posted March 18, 2014
By Ernesto Gonzalez
El Paso, Texas

When I was in my 20s, I didn’t think I needed health insurance. I was healthy.  I felt like I was Superman.

Now that I’m 32, I don’t feel like Superman anymore. I realize that anything can happen to me – or to anyone – at any time. I’m active and like to lift weights, but what if I injured my shoulder?  What if I got seriously sick?

 It’s especially important to me now that I’m married – and thinking about starting a family. Should anything happen to me, the last thing I would want to leave my family is years of paying off my medical debts.

So I logged onto HealthCare.gov, checked out my options, and enrolled in a health plan for my wife and me. The coverage is very affordable and fits our needs.

I admit I was a little skeptical at first about signing up for a plan. But the steps were easy to follow. I used the English language site, but friends and family members have used CuidadoDeSalud.gov, the Spanish-language version.

As many as 1 in 4 people who are eligible for coverage through the Marketplace nationwide are Latino.  And the majority of eligible uninsured Latinos – 8 out of 10, or more than 8 million – may qualify for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or lower costs on monthly premiums.

I’m telling all my friends and co-workers in El Paso to check out their options and sign up now – for themselves and their families.

You may feel invincible, but even Superman has a weakness. Don’t let your kryptonite leave you with super-sized debt, or worse. Coverage is easy and affordable, but there’s no time to delay.

Open enrollment ends March 31st, but you should sign up today HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov!