I don’t think it was till I became a mother when I truly realized the extreme importance of having health insurance. Working full-time for a University I have always been lucky to have affordable and exceptional healthcare plans. When my first child was 3 months old he had RSV and was hospitalized for 3 days. I have no idea what that costed but I am sure if we didn’t have health insurance we would still be paying it off. When my second daughter was born I was readmitted to the hospital with postpartum preeclampsia and was in ICU. That bill must have been super high. Then came the cardiologist, GI specialist and nutritionists my daughter had to see multiple times during her first 1 1/2 years.
The cost of healthcare is on a steady rise, and until recently, many went without because they couldn’t handle fitting it into their budget. The uninsured spent years were spent avoiding doctors, letting illnesses get out of hand. What could have been an easy remedy to a simple problem becomes a debilitating because it was not assessed by a doctor. Pregnant mothers went without proper care, and college students started their adult life after graduation facing fear of medical bills.
With the birth of the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured found their sigh of relief. Now, healthcare is affordable for all. People like Mary from Texas, who went without medical insurance for over a decade and faced health consequences as a result, could finally see a doctor to address her medical needs. Health can finally become a priority again!
Under the new healthcare plans, people with preexisting conditions can no longer be denied coverage or charged more for having an illness or pre-existing condition, such as asthma, depression, even cancer. Many basics are covered under the new plans, including free preventive care, prescription coverage, mental health services, emergency services and hospitalizations, maternity care, as well as infant and children’s care. This is great news!
Despite the now accessible and affordable healthcare, 81% of people do not realize that the open enrollment period ends this month, on March 31. After this period closes, people will incur fees for being uninsured. Let’s avoid that! With 1 in 6 Americans not having health insurance, it’s time to spread the word and help people get covered!
A great resource is the Get Covered America website. Here, people can find local help to get enrolled, calculators to estimate what coverage may cost, as well as answers to any questions one might have about the process.
It’s time we start taking care of ourselves and those in our community! Make sure everyone knows that new healthcare open enrollment ends on March 31, 2014. Find more information at GetCoveredAmerica.org
Check out this video made by pets that want to be sure their owners are covered!