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Covering the Neighborhood: the Affordable Care Act

Covering the Neighborhood: the Affordable Care Act

Four years is a long time to wait. How long could you go without health insurance? What if you didn’t have the option?

What if your livelihood and ownership of a small business was predicated upon the health of your body to demonstrate yoga positions, as in the case of Jennifer Busco? What if your world was suddenly changed because of a divorce, leaving you and your child uninsured, as you go back to school to start a new career, as in the case of Kimberly Tonyan?

One of MDC’s partners in the North Carolina Navigator Consortium, Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont, recently held a press conference in Charlotte highlighting these very stories.

Behind the raw monthly enrollment data published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, individuals and families are securing health insurance, many for the first time in years. For others, enrolling in a health insurance plan through the Marketplace means that they finally can afford a plan without jeopardizing other long-term investments, like a re-training program at a local community college.

As the videos below show, the individuals enrolling through the federal and state-based Marketplaces are your neighbors, co-workers, check-out clerks, gas-station attendants, construction workers, and yoga instructors – and many have received financial assistance toward the cost of a plan.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than four in ten (42 percent) currently uninsured non-elderly people are eligible for financial assistance in gaining coverage in North Carolina.

Want to schedule an appointment to meet with someone in person? Call 1-855-733-3711.

Want to see what your costs may be before completing an application? Get a premium estimate here.

In the end, the choice to secure health coverage is a personal one. Don’t miss out because you didn’t get the facts. Check out the stories below to understand how your fellow North Carolinians are getting covered.