The Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s gift to the American people has arrived. As of January 1, 2014 I have health insurance that I was able to sign up for through the New York State of Health Marketplace. You may have read my blog posts on signing up Part 1 and Part 2 and wondered how I fared.

Here’s what happened. I chose a plan on December 23rd, a few hours before the cut-off time. Most importantly, my asthma medications are covered! My old plan only covered generic prescriptions, and as we all know, there are no generic prescriptions for certain asthma medications.

My Doctors that I have had for years take this insurance.

My voice, my positive experience and my thoughts may not have been heard through all of the negative press that the Affordable Care Act received. But I am here to tell you that I have signed up and am pleased. Because I didn’t get a confirmation from the Insurance company, only from the marketplace, I was proactive and called the health insurance company to make sure they received my application, which they did. They also did not send me an invoice – so I was able to pay them over the phone. Is it a perfect system? Not yet, but I’m sure in time all the kinks will be worked out.

By not paying attention to our health as a nation, energy was drained from us. Energy that would be better spent on determining a brighter future for the world.

Here’s to you, world.

Thank you, President Obama.  Today, you can hold your head high and say, “Heidi in Brooklyn has insurance through the Affordable Care Act- and so can you.”

If you haven’t signed up for insurance through the federal web site or your state’s health exchange, there’s still time. You have until the end of March 2014 to sign up for a health plan.

Here is the Federal web site:

Here is the New York State of Health Web Site:

May 2014 be a year full of good health and prosperity – for all of us.



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