Doing the Work I Want to Do: My #GetCovered Story

Posted March 24, 2014
By Fawziah Abel Rahman Qadir
Clifton, N.J.

I’m deeply interested in international relations and human rights, particularly the right to education. That’s why I was thrilled to get the opportunity to open the New York City office of an education nonprofit that is based in California. Unfortunately, the company’s California insurance plan couldn’t cover me.

My employer agreed to provide $300 a month toward any health plan I could find. Unfortunately, trying to find an affordable insurance plan on my own in New Jersey, where I live was insane. One quote was over $700; others that followed were even higher or provided flimsy coverage that hardly seemed worth the cost.

While I was without insurance, I was constantly worrying about what I would do if something happened to me. Luckily, at 29 years old, I remained healthy.

Then my mother told me about the Health Insurance Marketplace. When I logged on, I was surprised to find out how easy it was to enroll.

Because of my income, I don’t qualify for assistance, but with my employer’s contribution, I enrolled in a comprehensive plan that costs me only $63 a month.

And it really is easy to do. The Marketplace is now working great, and with side-by-side comparisons of plans, finding one that suits your needs and budget won’t be a problem.

Check out your options and sign up for a plan at HealthCare.gov, or CuidadoDeSalud.gov, the Spanish language version.

I didn’t have any trouble, but if you need help enrolling, you can call 1-800-318-2596 – any time and at any hour –in any one of 150 languages. If you want to find in-person help in your community, just go to localhelp.healthcare.gov and punch in your zip code.

But don’t delay! Sign up today. You have only until March 31st to enroll in a plan for coverage this year; otherwise you can’t sign up again until November for coverage beginning in 2015.

I met Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today at an event urging uninsured New Jersey residents to get covered. As Secretary Sebelius said, don’t delay! Sign up today. You have only until March 31st to enroll in a plan for coverage this year; otherwise you can’t sign up again until November for coverage beginning in 2015.

The Marketplace has made it possible for me to do the work that I want to do. Now I can focus on my passion for education and human rights, and if something happens, I don’t have to go into debt to get the medical care that I need.