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Quality, affordable healthcare coverage is incredibly important to families in the U.S.
 
MomsRising has recieved thousands of messages from our volunteers with stories about why the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), Medicaid, CHIP, and Medicare matter for the health of their families. This #ProtectOurCare blog series will highlight many of the stories we've received.
 
From Chelsea in D.C.:

I was 21 years old and I had just lost my job, unfairly due to "Right to Work" in the state of Florida. My job at the time wouldn't help me register for their healthcare to save money. I was broke, I had debt, and more importantly I had nowhere to go for healthcare.

 

It was about a month before I was fired that I started to get pains in my stomach. This was partly due to the fact that I have General Anxiety Disorder, my anxiety is so bad that my body physically feels stress. Sometimes it is so bad I will be doubled over in pain. I had no insurance, no counselor I could talk to, and I was in a toxic working environment. My parents who are on food stamps were also uninsured so asking for help was not an option.

 

Luckily the ACA and the Marketplace were there when it came to choosing an affordable health care plan. Before long I was finally able to see a therapist and get the help I needed to be healthy again. Since I was working through my mental illness I was finally able to get a job that was right for me and become a contributing member of society again. The Affordable Care Act supports constituents so that they may support their communities.

You can read more stories from parent across the country here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.momsrising.org/images/Lifesaver_Book_-_Final...
 
And if you have a story of your own you'd like to share, you can submit it here: http://action.momsrising.org/survey/healthcare-stories/

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