Finding fulfillment as a Fellow: Paul’s story

February 25, 2014

If you are looking for a way to truly change your life and the lives of the people in your community, follow my lead and get in0b7cfe337e56abe1abe55ec5fee6c513volved with Get Covered America.  I became a Get Covered America fellow this January; and every day since, I am more and more convinced that I made one of the best decisions of my life. Nothing is more rewarding than giving peace of mind to someone who does not know where to go or how to get the help they need, and being a fellow has given me that opportunity.

Take the case of Norman from West Philadelphia.  Norman was afraid that due to his low income, he would not be able to afford health insurance.  He feared that without the security that health insurance provides, one unfortunate accident or sudden illness could turn his life on its head.  I talked to Norman at an event that we held outside of his local grocery store and let him know that the Affordable Care Act is here to help people just like him.  I also calmed his fear about not being able to afford health insurance by letting him know that financial assistance is available to those who need it most.  We talked about what steps he could take to get covered and find a plan that is right for him.  Before heading into the store, Norman turned to me and said “This is a great thing you’re doing.  People need this and it’s so great that you guys are out here giving your time to help us. God’s gonna bless you one day.”

This is what  being a Get Covered America fellow means to me.  There are millions of Normans all across the country who are waiting for someone to help them get the help they have been seeking for so long.  With a little more than a month left before the end of open enrollment, it’s time to give it all that we’ve got.

I wish I could get everyone covered all by myself, but the truth is I’m going to need your help.  So what are you waiting for?  Find an event near you, and let’s get America covered.

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