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The cost of healthcare is on a steady rise, and until recently, many went without because they couldn’t handle fitting it into their budget. The uninsured spent years were spent avoiding doctors, letting illnesses get out of hand. What could have been an easy remedy to a simple problem becomes a debilitating because it was not assessed by a doctor. Pregnant mothers went without proper care, and college students started their adult life after graduation facing fear of medical bills.

With the birth of the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured found their sigh of relief. Now, healthcare is affordable for all.  Health can finally become a priority again! Many basics are covered under the new plans, including free preventive care, prescription coverage, mental health services, emergency services and hospitalizations, maternity care, as well as infant and children’s care. This is great news!

Despite the now accessible and affordable healthcare, 81% of people  do not realize that the open enrollment period ends this month, on March 31. After this period closes, people will incur fees for being uninsured. Let’s avoid that! With 1 in 6 Americans not having health insurance, it’s time to spread the word and help people get covered!

How do you enroll? Visit GetCoveredAmerica.org to learn how to enroll in health insurance and to get answers to common questions.

What if I can’t afford health insurance? Use the “Get Covered Calculator” to see the estimated monthly cost of insurance and to determine if you qualify for financial help.

What if I’ve been denied health insurance before? Under the new health care law, you cannot be denied coverage because you are sick or have a pre-existing condition.

What if I need help? Experts are on hand, by phone, online or in-person, to help the uninsured find a plan that’s right for them. Enroll America’s more than 250 employees, and more than 16,000 volunteers, will be available to follow up with consumers who need additional information or assistance. 

It’s time we start taking care of ourselves and those in our community!  Make sure everyone knows that new healthcare open enrollment ends on March 31, 2014. Find more information at GetCoveredAmerica.org

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