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Keep fighting to protect health care reform
When you are battling a chronic illness, knowing you have insurance gives you peace of mind.
Before the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance market was a place where consumers had almost no voice—illnesses or accidents could mean financial and personal ruin. I'm proud that our country is moving forward to correct what was so obviously wrong.
This is why health care reform matters
You're going to want to read these stories.
On January 1st, new coverage and protections kicked in for millions of Americans, giving them the security they deserve. Right now, because of the Affordable Care Act, things are getting a little bit better for a whole lot of people. That's a big deal.
OFA's 13 favorite health reform organizing moments of 2013
It was a historic year for health reform.
From the Obamacare summit in D.C. to living rooms across the country, OFA spent much of 2013 talking about health reform, giving people the facts and helping them get covered.
Did you see President Obama's note?
"We're never going back."
"Fundamental change like this doesn't happen just because people believe it's the right thing to do," said President Obama. "It happens because people like you, and organizations like OFA, fight for it—no matter how hard it gets."
Apply, Shop, Buy: A guide to being covered on January 1st
More than 1.2 million people have signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Here’s how you can too.
You can have health coverage on January 1st. Just remember—apply, shop, and buy.
The real story of the Affordable Care Act
We all have a health care story to tell. Here's mine.
Accidents happen to everyone. Life throws us curve-balls. We're all just patients with "pre-existing conditions" waiting to happen.
That was until the the protections put in place by the Affordable Care Act. Now, Americans with pre-existing conditions can no longer be discriminated against or left to fend for themselves.
12 actual pre-existing conditions from before the Affordable Care Act
It's Throwback Thursday.
Before the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies could refuse to cover you because of all kinds of “pre-existing conditions.”
“It was kind of like online shopping”
After going almost eight months without coverage, this 26-year old recent law school graduate found a plan that covers what she needs, at a price she can afford.
Rosetta, a self-described coupon-cutter, does her shopping online, because “Who has time to go to the store?” She took that same approach to health insurance, and found a plan for less than $40 a month.
Why I volunteer: The Affordable Care Act
Insurance companies are no longer allowed to discriminate against patients with pre-existing conditions.
In 2009, I was surprised and dismayed when my husband and I were denied health insurance. I had heard of people losing health coverage due to cancer and other life threatening conditions, but arthritis in an index finger?
Getting the word out: Be covered on the first
This holiday season OFA volunteers are talking to their communities to make sure their friends and neighbors get covered.
Folks from Georgia to California took part in a nationwide day of action to talk to their neighbors about signing up for health insurance by the December 23rd deadline. Take a look at how it went—and be on the look out for a holiday surprise from Santa.
"I can go to the doctor again"
I had been denied by insurance companies more times than I could count.
I'm a small business owner who has struggled for years with a health insurance plan that was so bare-bones it barely existed. That will all change on January 1st—with a plan that costs less, includes free preventive care, and covers everything I need.
For Isaac, Obamacare means opportunity
Before the Affordable Care Act, Isaac’s medical condition could have limited his health care options.
Isaac is a typical five-year-old. He has a basket full of action figures, he’s into "Cars" and "Monsters, Inc.," and he loves to dance to “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say)” with his sister and brother. But Isaac is also probably pretty different from most of the kids you know.
Fighting the misinformation on Obamacare, one letter at a time
More Americans are getting out the facts about the Affordable Care Act by writing to their local papers.
From fighting local fear-mongering
to talking about the law's wide-ranging economic and health benefits, papers from coast to coast are getting letters from Americans fighting for the Affordable Care Act.
"I really believe in this"
For a small business owner in New York, Obamacare means better coverage, a bigger network, and serious savings.
Jarred saw his family’s monthly health insurance premiums increase by double digits for each of the past four years, so he jumped at the chance to sign up for coverage on the new marketplace and he was thrilled to find a more comprehensive plan with a bigger network of doctors for less than he pays now.