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Florida Voices: Health reform benefits us

Last week we asked Floridians to share their stories of how the Affordable Care Act is helping them and their families.

We were overwhelmed with your responses—from saving money on preventative services such as mammograms and prostate cancer screenings, to helping insure those with pre-existing conditions—health reform is making an impact for Florida.

Seniors across the state are saving money on prescription drugs.

By reducing the Medicare donut hole by half, I will save about $5000 on medications by the end of 2012!—Russell, Punta Gorda

With access to preventative care more Floridians are staying healthy.

All of my medical screening tests including colonoscopy, mammograms, and bone density tests are now free. Prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act, I paid a co-pay even if my deductible was met. Now I am not penalized for wanting to stay healthy.—Marilyn, Plantation

Thousands of young Floridians are covered by their parents' plans.

My son graduated from college and did not find a job with health care. We are so happy he was still covered on ours because he needs surgery next month. This would have bankrupted us. I have hope for the future that my children will never have to go without health insurance.—Belinda, Winter Springs

Big insurance companies can't deny care for anyone with a "pre-existing condition."

I was unemployed and uninsured when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Because of the Affordable Care Act, I was able to get insurance through the Pre-Existing Condition Plan. I've had chemotherapy, a mastectomy, and radiation. I am cancer-free today—and insured—thanks to the Affordable Care Act!—Paula, Lutz

As we come up to the two-year anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act this Friday, we’ll be highlighting more stories from folks across Florida.

Have your own story? Share it today.

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