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Between writing, volunteering, and caring for her grandchildren, Penelope is a busy 64-year-old. But since her job at a research firm was eliminated several years ago, she has also been uninsured. With only part time employment and pre-existing conditions, she found herself without any good options.

Unable to afford continuing COBRA coverage at $505 a month, she tried an insurance agent, but he couldn’t help much. “The only plans he could find for me were really expensive,” she explains. So ever since, she simply had to go without coverage. “I’ve just been flying solo,” she said.

When the Affordable Care Act became law, Penelope saw a chance to get covered. But she was a little anxious about enrolling. “I was a little worried that if I did qualify for a plan, the premium was going to be too high,” Penelope said.

With the help of a PPMNS Navigator, Penelope completed her online registration and found out she qualified for Medical Assistance, including dental coverage. She enrolled in a plan that meets her needs for a premium of only $10 a month. “I am very happy with my coverage,” she says. “And I’m very relieved.”

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Solidarity Day

Every year on Good Friday, anti-Planned Parenthood protesters descend on the Planned Parenthood clinic at Vandalia Street in Saint Paul to shame and intimidate patients. They can have their protest. We’re going to have a rally. Join us Friday, April 19 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to stand in solidarity and celebration as we proudly show the world that Planned Parenthood is here for good. RSVP in advance and you'll get an exclusive button when you check in!

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Protect and Expand Access to Health Care

The House Omnibus HHS Finance bill (HF 2414) includes provisions that protect access to no-cost birth control, allow people to receive up to 12 months of birth control at once and increases funding for critical reproductive health services. Send a message to elected officials and urge them to support these important provisions. 

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