“This, ya’ll, is a story of a family that coughs and bleeds, and slips up and falls, but we get up. Covered.
We sleep all night. Covered.
We work, we school. Covered.
We eat, we argue, we love. Covered.”
These are the words of Gayle D., a Silver Spring resident whose husband and their three children signed up for health coverage and saved $500 a month. They struggled before with what she calls “peekaboo” insurance: no insurance, some insurance, unaffordable insurance. Now they can rest easier. Covered.
More than a million Marylanders, many like Gayle, have gotten covered through Maryland Health Connection and our work isn’t slowing down. This year we have a lot to be thankful for.
Our state’s uninsured rate has been cut in half, with dramatic increases in coverage rates among African American and Hispanic Marylanders. Young people are getting the message that they really aren’t invincible and can get a plan often for the cost of their cell phone bill.
Nine out of 10 people who’ve signed up through Maryland Health Connection get financial help to lower their costs, and during the past two years alone, Marylanders have received more than $444 million in federal tax credits to offset out-of-pocket costs.
We’re thankful that under the Affordable Care Act, you can get free preventive care, like screenings and kids’ checkups. We’re thankful that you and your family don’t have to worry about a lifetime limit on your coverage, or being dropped from insurance because of a medical crisis. We’re thankful that you or other Marylanders with pre-existing conditions like cancer or even pregnancy can’t be charged more or denied coverage.
As we get closer to 2017, a year when we will adapt to new challenges and changes, we remain thankful for coverage and thankful for the hundreds of thousands of Marylanders who have come to the exchange for quality insurance and financial help.
We’ve heard why coverage matters to Gayle’s family. Now is your turn. Tell us why #CoverageMatters to you. Share your story with us, or use the #CoverageMatters hashtag on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.