Jaime's story: Life without health insurance
Published on August 8, 2013
Have you met Jaime?
Jaime’s a 27-year-old college graduate who hasn’t been to the doctor since her 11th grade physical. She makes less than $20,000 a year. Like millions of Americans, Jaime does not have health insurance.
Sometimes you need more than a good night's sleep
Jaime shared her story with us:
"Every time I get sick, I get you know... If it can't be fixed with Advil, NyQuil and a good night's sleep I don't really have a solution for it.
Between all of the obligations I already have like utilities and rent and student loan payments, within my budget, there's no way I can afford health care.
If something bad happened to me... if I were in an accident or if I developed some kind of serious illness, there's no possible way I could afford it."
How the Marketplace helps people like Jaime
Jaime is looking forward to the peace of mind, safety, and stability that Marketplace coverage will provide.
Jaime won't be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition or charged more because she’s a woman.
She may be able to get lower costs on a wide range of Marketplace health plans or she can purchase a "catastrophic" health plan available to people under 30.
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Help us spread the word! Open enrollment begins on October 1, 2013. Coverage starts as soon as January 1, 2014.