Why I became a Get Covered America Fellow
March 11, 2014
I love riding my bike. I rode it to New York City last year, and I will ride it to California this September. Two years ago though, I had an accident while riding, and as a result, I broke my left clavicle.
Illionis Fellows hitting the streets in Albany Park to let folks know about their new health insurance options.
I went to the E.R. and was told it would heal on its own. The bill for that visit was $1,000.
I went to several other doctors, but they all said it would heal on its own. It seemed to me like they didn’t want to deal with me because I had no health insurance.
A month later, my clavicle hadn’t healed fully and I felt worse. It felt like the bones inside were grinding against each other, I couldn’t lift my arm completely, and I felt terrible.
I went back for a check up. The doctor said I needed surgery. Two days later, a platinum plate and a couple of screws were holding my clavicle together. No insurance. The bill, over $10,000.
There was much pain and suffering the following days, weeks, and months after the surgery, not to mention all the stress from the bills and harassment from collection agencies. I felt depressed and annoyed with the existing health care system. No one should have to endure such pain, stress, helplessness, and harassment from collection agencies. Now, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, financial help is available that makes insurance plans affordable and no one can be denied due to pre-existing conditions.
After my experience, I’m thrilled to join Get Covered America as a fellow. I want to do my part to help others get insured. Everyone deserves the peace of mind of knowing they’re not a bad fall away from thousands of dollars worth of medical bills.