Taking Care of My Health Is No Act: My #GetCovered Story

Taking Care of My Health Is No Act: My #GetCovered Story

Rachel Brown talks about how affordable her Obamacare plan is.

Published March 12, 2014

For me, getting covered through the Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov was quick and easy. I was only planning to go on the website and see what was there. But boom, boom, boom…before I knew it, I was entering my name and choosing a plan. It took all of 15 minutes.

What’s incredible is I qualified for a reduced premium: $7 a month for full coverage. It doesn’t get much better than that!

I’ve got a lot of logs in the fire: In addition to graduate school, an internship, and part-time jobs, I’m trying to build an acting career in Atlanta (the Hollywood of the South!) Unfortunately, none of those pursuits have made health insurance very affordable.

When I didn’t have insurance, I often wrestled with the decision to ignore a health concern because of the cost.

It’s a scary choice: spend money on necessities, such as having a roof over my head, or go to the doctor. But in the end, it’s a no-brainer: I have to pay my rent.

Now that I have the security of health coverage, I finally feel like I can breathe.

I can pay my rent and go to the doctor.

Having insurance gives me a sense of security. It allows me to go out on any given day and live my life as care free as possible. If something were to happen to me, I would be able to go to the hospital and get the services that I need without losing everything.

I have friends who are in need of basic health care. I tell them: You need to get your dental check-ups; you need to get your physicals. I urge them to check out their options on HealthCare.gov and get covered.

Don’t delay. You have only a couple of weeks before open enrollment ends March 31.

Watch Rachel’s video here.

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(Photo: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)

Written by Rachel Brown, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

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