Mary Got Covered for the First Time in 10 Years

January 28, 2014

Mary is a volunteer with Get Covered America in Texas. This is her story.

In my last visit to my local clinic, my doctor said he could hardly believe I was walking given the issues I’ve been having with my knees. I’m 63 years old, and I’ve been without insurance for a decade. It was starting to seem like I would just have to live with that fact until I qualified for Medicare. In my last job as a teacher, I felt lucky to have benefits. But since leaving that job, I’ve been working part time as a home health worker, and insurance has been out of reach for me.

That’s why I was eager to see what plans were available in the Marketplace when it opened in October. With the encouragement of the Get Covered America staff and some research I did on my own, I signed up for a silver plan at just $64 a month — and I even qualified for financial help to pay my monthly insurance bill.

My son is in a similar position. He’s 33 years old and takes college classes while working part time without employer benefits. We sat down and I helped him sign up for the very same policy for just $20 a month. That’s just $5 a week! Can you believe it?

I can’t describe the sense of relief and peace of mind I feel now that I’m covered. And I know it will mean a lot to people in my community who are in a similar position. That’s why I volunteer with Get Covered America. Twice a week, I sit at my local library here in Waco, Texas, and I help people in my community find answers to their questions about health insurance. Most people I talk to want to know what it will cost. I like to tell them, “Don’t listen to me, see for yourself.” Using the Get Covered Calculator, I can show my neighbors the savings they can find in the Marketplace right there on the spot.

I spend my time making sure others are aware of this because I know what’s at stake. I’ll keep spreading the word and I hope you will consider helping too.

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