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‘I used to be a Republican, but never again’ says man worried about losing health insurance

‘I used to be a Republican, but never again’ says man worried about losing health insurance

Mel and his wife don’t know what they will do if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed without a replacement. Mel voted for Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. But he says he’ll never vote Republican again. He’s angry about the climate of divisiveness in this country, about Republican threats to cut Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security — which he’ll […]

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‘I survived cancer because of Obamacare’ says 24-year-old man

‘I survived cancer because of Obamacare’ says 24-year-old man

If the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed, Alex worries that other people with a similar diagnosis will die. It had never occurred to Alex Weberman that he could be diagnosed with cancer. After all, he was just one week shy of his 23rd birthday and was focused on pursuing his dreams. He had just finished college and was preparing […]

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With Obamacare, this man can make a mid-life career change without sacrificing financial security

With Obamacare, this man can make a mid-life career change without sacrificing financial security

If he didn’t have health insurance, Jason isn’t sure how he would have paid for gallbladder surgery. Changing careers is never easy, but Jason Cole knew it was the right decision for him. He left his job as a correctional officer to return to school to fulfill his dream of becoming a high school history teacher, because he wanted to […]

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Obamacare gives this woman the freedom to spend more time caring for her aging parents

Obamacare gives this woman the freedom to spend more time caring for her aging parents

Being able to semi-retire and move closer to her parents means being true to the family values that are important to her. When Laura’s parents began struggling with health issues in their 80s, she knew she didn’t want to wait for a “trigger event” — when one of them became seriously ill — to begin spending more time with them. […]

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“It’s the American way to be an entrepreneur” and Obamacare makes it possible

“It’s the American way to be an entrepreneur” and Obamacare makes it possible

For these two women, access to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act gives them the freedom to pursue their career goals. Phoebe Agena had a dream: to become a massage therapist. She graduated from massage school in 2009, but wasn’t able to find a job with benefits. So she began working part-time as a massage therapist while pulling enough […]

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Ignore the skeptics: Shop for yourself to see how affordable 2017 health insurance can be

Ignore the skeptics: Shop for yourself to see how affordable 2017 health insurance can be

Yes, rates are going up — but so are tax credits to help many Americans pay for coverage. Do your own homework. Open enrollment through HealthCare.gov is here and you can buy 2017 health insurance now through January 31, 2017. I’ve been a proponent of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, since day one, and that opinion hasn’t changed. […]

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The time to start shopping for 2017 health insurance is now

The time to start shopping for 2017 health insurance is now

To find the best value, do your due diligence and compare plans. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Obamacare is working, in many of the ways in which it was intended. Millions more Americans have health insurance than they did before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed and overall healthcare costs are going down. And although […]

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Racquelle’s story: Focusing on family

Racquelle’s story: Focusing on family

As a new mother, this transgender woman has faced unique challenges that inspired a new direction for her activism. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. When Racquelle Trammell found out that she and her fiancé, Liam Johnson, were expecting their first child, it was a joyous occasion. They knew […]

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Good for you: You’ve got health insurance! So now how do you use it?

Good for you: You’ve got health insurance! So now how do you use it?

Getting covered is only the beginning of Obamacare’s benefits. Here are some tips for using your health insurance. As of March 1, every health insurance plan purchased and paid for during Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment went into effect. More than 12.7 million Americans chose a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the third marketplace open enrollment period. […]

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Do you know the deadline to buy 2016 health insurance?

Do you know the deadline to buy 2016 health insurance?

If you don’t, you’re not alone. And this post is for you. Not everyone is great at meeting deadlines. If that applies to you, raise your hand. Plenty of people are paying attention to the deadline to sign up for 2016 health insurance. According to our friend Charles Gaba at ACA Signups, as of December 17 more than 5 million […]

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Time’s almost up! Enroll in health insurance by December 15 for coverage starting January 1

Time’s almost up! Enroll in health insurance by December 15 for coverage starting January 1

It doesn’t take long to enroll — in fact, it’s easier than ever. Everyone’s been known to procrastinate. You think you have plenty of time to get something done, and then all of a sudden the deadline is upon you. If you haven’t signed up for 2016 health insurance yet, the time is now. The deadline to get coverage that […]

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