Survivor Stories

Rain, Cancer Survivor: “The ACA saved my life.”

I am a cancer survivor and the Affordable Care Act saved my life. In March 2015, at the age of 42, I got the results from my first ever mammogram: they had found an aggressive malignant tumor that had already spread to my lymph nodes.

“I had previously been denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, and would not have been able to go into private practice without this landmark legislation. ”
Anyone who’s received a cancer diagnosis knows the terror of those first few days and weeks. Waiting anxiously for test results; hoping for the best while fearing the worst; anticipating the grueling course of treatment. For some, especially those without health insurance, there is also the prospect of inadequate treatment, loss of stable housing, and financial ruin.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I was not in the latter category. Just 15 months prior, I had enrolled in an Anthem Blue Cross ACA health plan. I had eagerly anticipated the rollout of the ACA, as it allowed me to start my own business—a psychotherapy practice—in late 2013. I had previously been denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, and would not have been able to go into private practice without this landmark legislation.

Although I was a big supporter of the ACA all along, I didn’t realize what great coverage I had until it came time to use it. From March through December 2015, I received top-notch cancer treatment at UCSF, a renowned medical research facility. Over and over again, throughout that grueling year, I took solace in the fact that I had the best care I could have hoped for. I had no difficulty with my claims—no battles with the insurance company. I felt, and continue to feel, profound gratitude to those who helped ensure that I, and all Americans, had access to quality, affordable health care.

Please be one of those people, and fight to maintain universal access to quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans. Defend Obamacare!

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