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I found my golden ticket (well, platinum)

I'm young and healthy—something I'm grateful for every day. But it was a long road to get here: I've struggled with clinical depression since I was 12 years old, and have been on anti-depressants ever since.

Look: I'm a healthy person, and I make healthy decisions. That includes taking care of myself—and it should include taking care of my mental health. Staying healthy isn't just about your body—it's about your brain, too. It's easy to discount the importance of mental health when talking about overall health care, but it shouldn't be.

I've worked hard to get to where I am today, and I'm proud to say that I'm stable and have been for a long time. But affording that stability—at least for the past few years—has not been easy. I, like many young Americans, was lucky to be covered under my parent's plan until age 26. While I was extremely relieved to be able to receive medical coverage, the plan didn't cover all that I needed it to: My mental health medication still cost nearly $250 a month.

So, when I aged off my parent's plan, I had to make a tough decision: Buy a health care plan that didn't cover my medication and pay hundreds more on top of it, or go without coverage and put the money toward paying for my treatment? Most plans I could afford only covered catastrophic events anyway, so I went without coverage for eight long months—eight stress-filled months, where even the smallest mole was terrifying because of what it could be.

Luckily, when the health care marketplace opened up, I found my golden ticket—well, platinum, really. My new platinum plan is just $45 a month, thanks in part to the fact that I qualify for financial assistance—and my medications are just $28. It blows my mind that this is available to me, especially after struggling with coverage even in the best of circumstances for the last few years.

I was amazed by what I found on the marketplace—and you could be too. Check it out. You could be pleasantly surprised (or, in my case, just plain blown away).

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