Awesome story, via Michael Morrill:
A new report released today shows that 3.1 million young adults have been able to remain on their parent’s health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to allow young adults to remain on their parents’ family plans until their 26th birthday, even if they move away from home or graduate from school. This policy took effect on September 2010.
In recognition of this milestone, the Healthy Artists team, led by Julie Sokolow, have just leaked a must-see video about the struggles of one of their own, Daniel Menges, a 23-year-old photographer/artist and recent college graduate, who just this week got into a bike accident and fractured three vertebrae. The video details how Daniel was saved from $10,000 of medical debt because The Affordable Care Act allowed him to stay on his mother’s insurance plan. The video is a compelling, timely piece that demonstrates the importance of the Affordable Care Act and similar health care reform measures and the willingness of young people to speak up.
I actually have a similar story, but from the pre-Obamacare years, so I had to pay.
A few weeks after I graduated from college, and about a week after I got booted from my parents’ insurance plan, I got hit by a car while riding my bike.
I wasn’t seriously hurt, but I went to the hospital anyway. The medical services I purchased included an ambulance ride, an x-ray, and a shot of painkiller. This came to almost $800! A week earlier, it would have been free.
I’ll never forget that the first thought that came into my head in the moments after getting was not “is my body okay?” but “how much is this going to cost?” That’s American health care for you!
Thanks to Obamacare, my 23-year-old brother is able to stay on my parents’ insurance since his job doesn’t offer it, and my other brother in college also won’t have to worry about some random accident bankrupting him right at the onset of his adult life.