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Covered: The Bipolar Side of the Affordable Care Act

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“the greatest Americans
have not been born yet
they are waiting patiently
for the past to die”

It’s fairly official…

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I too have health insurance.

The first premium is withdrawn from my bank account, and I am enrolled. I am waiting for the cards, and I can start using benefits on March 1st, 2014.

I won’t accept it as completely official until I leave a doctor’s office with that insurance card.

It has been over four years since I was covered. Before that, I was on my parents’ insurance plan.

Before 2009, I never debated whether or not to go to the doctor or emergency room.

After I got married, having a chronic illness without health insurance was a painful life change.

I was 21 when I was married. After we became husband and wife, I was no longer eligible under my family’s plan, and I had no idea how hard it was to get coverage with a preexisting condition.

Over and over, I was denied. My part time jobs did not offer health insurance, and even if they would have, there was still a good chance I would not be eligible.

Besides the bipolar disorder diagnosis, I have been pretty healthy in recent years. I am 25 years old. This illness is the only thing that weighs me down.

Most of my medical costs and trips to the doctor come from medication management visits, prescription costs, and counseling.

I am lucky to have relationships with professionals that helped me immensely through my time without health coverage.

I know that not all people are that lucky.

Even with help navigating through the process, I’ve avoided self-care because I couldn’t afford it.

Now, I can purchase a health plan with no penalty for preexisting conditions, thanks to the ACA.

Yes, we will pay for it. Yes, we will use it. We want to stay well, and this is the best thing to do for all Americans.

It may not seem like a big deal, but I am feeling better already.

It is now affordable to visit any doctor I want.

I can afford prescriptions, and if I get pregnant or get hurt, I will be covered.

Every American should have access to it, and that is what the ACA does.

I am not only going to feel more confident about my mental health care, but I am also going to be more proactive about other  conditions, and most importantly, this inspires me to get and stay healthy.

Healthcare opens up a lot of doors, and this law will make a big difference.


Do you have healthcare thanks to the Affordable Care Act? Tell me your story. 

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Covered: The Bipolar Side of the Affordable Care Act

Kat Dawkins

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Dawkins, K. (2014). Covered: The Bipolar Side of the Affordable Care Act. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 11, 2020, from


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