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Job Loss

When I was unexpectedly laid off from my job, I wasn’t sure how I was going to continue managing my diabetes without health insurance. Insulin is expensive, and I knew there was no way I could afford it without coverage. Luckily, a family friend had gone through the same life experiences and connected me with a local navigator. The navigator informed me of Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs) and I was able to qualify, and apply for Marketplace insurance. Luckily, I found a plan that fit my needs while also receiving financial assistance!

Turning 62

Health insurance gives me and my family piece of mind. I take care of my two grandchildren, who both are covered by SoonerCare. I cut back to part time when I turned 62 and began collecting Social Security but found myself no longer offered health insurance through my employer. Now, thanks to the Marketplace, the whole family has coverage and I rest easier knowing I’ll have health insurance when I need it.

Small Business

My husband and I always wanted to go into business together, but as a growing family, having health insurance was too important to leave behind. We were inspired to start our own company after a navigator in our hometown showed us how much we could expect to pay after financial assistance. Now all the employees in our small company are covered through HealthCare.gov.

Medical Bankruptcy

When I had my tractor accident on the farm, my health insurance was vital in helping me pay my bills. Before I got Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage through the Marketplace, I did not have health insurance and I would have been driven to medical bankruptcy. After deducting the business expenses for my farm, my income qualified me for a good plan that I pay $0 per month for after tax credits.