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You probably haven't heard a health care story like this

My health care story isn't like the typical one you hear on the news. I’ve never had a debilitating illness that racked up thousands of dollars in medical bills or a major accident that required me to stay in the hospital for any extended period of time. I don’t even have a pre-existing condition that might have prevented me from getting health insurance. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time I caught a cold.

I’ve been very fortunate to be in good health for most of my life, and I support the Affordable Care Act because, quite frankly, it allows me to keep it that way. When it comes to my health, I don’t like to take any chances. I’m insured, not only to be covered when something unexpected happens, but also to catch anything before it becomes a problem—which I’m able to do because of free preventive services like regular check-ups.

Once I became a full-time graduate student, I could no longer stay on my employer-provided health insurance plan. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I was able to hop on my parents' insurance until I turned 26. Last December, I entered the new marketplace and picked a plan that provides me with great coverage at an affordable price—just $54 per month.

As a student, my discretionary dollars are very slim. Having health insurance is very important to me because I can’t afford not to be covered. One awkward misstep or a fall could really set me back, and with so much going on in my life, expensive medical bills aren’t something I want added to my already full plate.

Life is crazy, you know? One day you’re going along just as planned and the next day everything can be flipped on its head, leaving you shook up and wondering how you’ll get by. I hope the rest of my journey is smooth, but in case it’s not, I’m going to sleep easy with peace of mind, knowing that I’m prepared to tackle any challenge that comes my way—especially when it comes to matters of my health.

That's why I got covered, and you should too.

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