Note: We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of Nebraskans who wanted to tell us how the health insurance protections of the Affordable Care Act have improved their lives. This is one of those stories.
I got health insurance through the marketplace in 2015. I used my health insurance for standard things — getting a physical for the first time in 10 years, checking up on a fever, etc.
The main reason I was thankful to have health insurance was because I became ill in September 2015 and was admitted to the hospital for 4 days for a gastrointestinal issue. I can’t even imagine how much I would have had to pay back if I didn’t have health insurance. Even though it wasn’t very fun to be in the hospital, I at least had peace of mind knowing that I had a portion of my bill was covered.
People don’t realize how much stress finance issues cause, and that was a huge weight off my shoulders knowing that the payment wouldn’t be completely my burden.
After that hospital visit, I had bronchial pneumonia and was able to see my regular physician to take care of that. I was also able to get a pap smear and mammogram with this insurance.
I fell into the coverage gap in 2016 because Medicaid hadn’t been expanded, but I was able recently to get insurance again through the marketplace and am looking forward to going to the dentist for the first time in 4 years later this week.
I am grateful for the ACA — the tax credit and low premiums make staying healthy manageable as a young adult.
Will you make a call today to protect affordable health coverage? Call the local offices of Nebraska’s U.S. Senators today and tell them any ACA replacement plan must allow every Nebraskan to have health insurance and keep the protections that allow Nebraskans with preexisting conditions to afford quality coverage.