5 Communities Who Depend on Affordable Health Insurance

Need health insurance? You aren’t alone.

Here are five communities that rely on effective, available and affordable health insurance. And remember that you can sign up for insurance during the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment from November 1 to December 15!

1. LGBTQ People

According to Out2Enroll, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people who are low- and middle-income have seen their uninsured rate drop 35 percent after Obamacare.

From lifesaving transgender health care coverage to HIV medications, the benefits of inclusive health insurance are essential.

2. Low-Income Kids

As Care2 reports, 9 million children could lose access to health care after Congress let funding for an affordable insurance program expire in September.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program catches families who fall between the cracks. They make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but can’t afford health insurance on their own.

Without support for CHIP, these families must rely on states until their funding reserves are depleted.

3. Chronically Ill People
As the fate of health insurance in the United States is in flux, chronically ill and disabled people across the country worry what it could mean for their survival.

“If I lose my health insurance, I don’t know if I can survive four years waiting around for a new president to take office,” says Joan Fanwick, a college student with a life-threatening autoimmune disorder called Sjogren’s Syndrome, in Seventeen. “Unlike the Republicans in the House and Senate, I don’t have the privilege of time.”

4. Struggling Seniors

We can thank programs like Medicare and social security for drastically reducing senior poverty over the years.

Plus, Obamacare stopped people in their 50s and 60s from paying more than three times the cost of health insurance compared to younger people.

Most seniors worry that health care costs will get in the way of retirement. They need insurance to lower those costs.

5. Pregnant People and New Parents

The United States is one of the costliest countries in the world for pregnancy — at least, according to The New York Times, which found in 2013 childbirth can cost between about $10,000 to $15,000 on average. Cesarean sections are on the more expensive end.

Before the ACA passed, notes Sarah Kliff in Vox, 88 percent of insurance plans didn’t cover maternity care. Those who are pregnant need to keep having health insurance that covers them.

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Kathryn I
Kathryn I2 months ago

Obamacare has saved many lives, as I have heard so many survivors state! Furthermore, it's here to stay!

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