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Healthcare Stories: Young Americans

This week we are celebrating the 2 year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. To celebrate we will be sharing stories that reflect upon President Obama’s historic healthcare accomplishment.


Through the Affordable Care Act, young adults can stay on their parent’s health insurance plan until their 26th birthday. That means, 355,927 more young Californians have health insurance today than before the Affordable Care Act was passed.

Here are just a few of the hundreds of healthcare stories we received when we asked how the Affordable Care Act has touched Californian’s lives in the two short years since it was signed into law.

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, my 25-year-old son David is still on my employee insurance plan. If he is unable to find a job that includes health care benefits when he graduates college this Spring, we will still be able to keep him on our plan, until he turns 26. Also, he won’t ever be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition; he has had Type I diabetes since he was 14 months old.”

-Lynn E., Los Angeles

“My 22-year-old niece, who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and thyroid cancer, three years ago and this year, respectively, will be able to stay on her parent’s health insurance until she is 26. The Affordable Care Act came just in time for our family!”

-Lorraine W., San Bernadino

“I am a 23-year-old law student with a heart condition. Without the Affordable Care Act, I would no longer be covered by my mother's health insurance plan and there would be no way for me to pay for my treatment. I wouldn’t be able to pay for my ER and doctor visits, my heart surgery, or the follow-up care I to continue to need. I am very grateful for what the ACA and President Obama have done for me. My sincerest thanks.”

-David M., Orange County

“My nephew is a Marine Iraq War veteran. He is now attending college in Sacramento and is able to stay on his parent's health insurance. Last December, he suffered a rough fall, broke his ankle, and needed surgery. Without the coverage, he would be tremendously in-debt from the accident.”

-Kathryn V., Sonoma

Find out how the Affordable Care Act is working to secure the health of you and your family here.

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