Did you know that more than 1 in 6 Americans don’t have health insurance? And that more than half of the uninsured could find insurance for less than $100 per month (under $50 for people under 35)? ( 1 in 5 African Americans are uninsured. 1 in 4 Hispanics are uninsured.) Just a few years ago you could have included me in those statistics but fortunately for my family we are now covered through work. Unfortunately, that is not the case for many others.
Most are uninsured because they do not receive coverage from an employer, cannot afford coverage, or were previously denied insurance due to a pre-existing condition. The uninsured are exposed to significant financial risk from medical issues, accidents or emergencies. Even young and healthy individuals are at-risk. One trip to the emergency room for a broken arm or a bad ear infection could cost thousands of dollars. That’s right folks, the reality is that it just takes that one bad luck moment. Why risk it?
I am working with the Ad Council and Get Covered America to raise awareness about the Health Insurance Marketplace and the financial assistance available. To be honest, I didn’t really take notice and was really unaware of the health plan options or the March 31st deadline to enroll in subsidized healthcare because it didn’t directly affect me. But I have many friends and family members that this does currently affect. And I always like to pay attention to health care issues in the event that one day my family will need it. I don’t like surprises when it comes to the well-being of my family. I like to plan ahead and I bet you want to be prepared to. So, I encourage you to visit http://www.getcoveredamerica.org to learn more with me.
And I’ll also be participating in a Twitter Chat Tuesday, March 11th from 1p-2p EST via #TakeCareChat – You can join in to learn more about Get Covered America and your options under the ACA. In case you miss that one, there will be another Twitter Chat taking place on March 18th from 1p-2p EST as well.
There’s nothing I love more than my Twitter Chats and sharing what I learn with all of you so I hope to see you all there. And remember, Take Care People, you matter!
Disclosure: I am being compensated as a Twitter Chat Consultant for Bloggin’ Mamas who is working with Element Associates, Get Covered America and the Ad Council for this campaign.