Share Your Story Why #CoverageMatters

Share Your Story Why #CoverageMatters

Health care coverage is important for all Americans and is one of the first steps to securing access to good care. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, over 20 million more Americans now have health coverage that didn’t before. Last week our U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Sylvia Burwell, launched a campaign encouraging people to share their story as to why coverage matters to them.

Letting the media, public and policymakers know your story is an important way to protect and preserve this coverage going forward into the new year with a new Administration.

Below is a list of some of the many reasons why coverage through the ACA matters:

  • #CoverageMatters to seniors who finally started saving money on their prescription drugs since the ACA began closing the donut hole. (Donut hole will be closed by 2020.)
  • #CoverageMatters for 20 million Americans who have it today who didn’t before the Affordable Care Act.
  • #CoverageMatters for 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions like asthma and diabetes who can no longer be locked out of coverage.
  • #CoverageMatters for 150 million Americans with employer coverage who no longer have to worry about lifetime or annual limits.
  • #CoverageMatters for women who have gotten coverage for contraception at no out-of-pocket cost.
  • #CoverageMatters for women who can’t be charged more just because they’re a woman.

What’s your reason? Make your voice heard and share your story of why the #ACA and #CoverageMatters to you by posting on Facebook and Twitter using these hashtags (#ACA and #CoverageMatters). Also, share this blog and hashtags with your friends and family. Together, let’s tell all of America why #CoverageMatters.

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Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.