The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is still in effect. That means that birth control—including IUDs and the implant—is still covered without a copay. In Minnesota, you can sign up for coverage during open enrollment between November 1, 2018 and January 13, 2019.
On January 1, L.F.’s new health insurance went into effect. And on January 21, she had a successful total hip replacement.
Like many people, Jasmine depends on prescription medications to keep her healthy. But when she left her job to prepare for medical school, her monthly medical bills became too much to handle. She worried that she might have to quit school if she couldn't find affordable health insurance.
“Having the flexibility to take a part time job that didn’t include insurance was really financially healthy for my family. I probably wouldn’t have taken it if I didn’t know that in January I would be able to access insurance.”
“Sometimes I still pinch myself. I’m looking for work. And maybe a company will have their own insurance. But for right now, it’s a godsend.”
“I’ve had people say to me, ‘I have pre-existing conditions and I haven’t had insurance for ten years – this is the first time I’ve got hope that that’s going to change.’”
“A few years ago I had to take my daughter to the hospital because she was having symptoms that looked very much like appendicitis. It turned out it wasn’t, but of course it was 400 dollars to have it checked out. Now, if something like that happens, I won’t have to worry about the cost.”
“Being denied health insurance is a very scary thing. I'm thrilled for the many, many people who will finally have peace of mind because they know their loved ones are insured. It’s about time!”