Get Covered America’s #GotCovered Series: Retired Pittsburgh Mother Finds Quality Coverage for $1.11 per Month

Thursday, October 31, 2013
CONTACT: Justin Nisly | 202-601-2494

Gail Roach from Pittsburgh, PA Chose Quality Health Coverage Option that Will Save Her $500 a Month Without Changing Insurers

Washington, DC — Get Covered America’s latest story in the #GotCovered series comes from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The #GotCovered series highlights consumers who have found coverage that fits their needs and their budget through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces. After decades working in her local school district, Gail Roach was thrilled to find a comprehensive insurance plan that she can afford in her retirement, and she is sharing her story on Get Covered America’s website. Our previous #GotCovered stories are available here.

Gail Roach – Pittsburgh, PA

Gail retired recently after decades on the job with her local school district. Continuing her retirement health care option meant paying over $500 a month for her premium. She called the Health Insurance Marketplace hotline at 1-800-318-2596 to bypass website issues she encountered earlier in October. Gail was able to complete her application over the phone, and the operator helped her review more than 30 different plans for which she was eligible. The best part of her experience? Gail says it was shopping with zero concern about being excluded because of her pre-existing condition – Type 2 Diabetes.

By joining the Marketplace and receiving her tax credit eligibility, Gail was able to choose between a gold coverage option with a $70 monthly premium and a silver tier plan at $1.11 a month. Both of these options are provided by the same insurer she is currently with. Gail says the silver plan has the coverage she is looking for, and she will finalize her decision soon. She can’t wait for coverage to begin on January 1.

Already, Gail has been sharing her excitement about the Marketplace with church groups, friends, and family. She is telling folks to stay patient and that “this is a great option to have if you are willing to get out there and find it.”

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