Archive for Day: February 8, 2018
Texas Obamacare Review
This is a letter from one of our health insurance clients, we though we would share this information
Obamacare is something that seems like a great idea, although the results have not been the best. I have a fairly unique perspective on the Affordable Care Act, based on the fact that I have experienced this from a variety of angles. I was originally on my parents health insurance plan, as you can remain on this type of plan well into adulthood. This plan was fairly expensive, but the overall quality of health insurance was absolutely top notch. I found myself in my twenties and having very little income, while having to rely on food stamps. I applied for MarketPlace Health Insurance, which is the platform to get health insurance in the state of Texas.
Based on the income that I was making at the time, I was only qualified for Medicaid, which is a program for health insurance that is at the bottom end. There were not really any options to select, but it all was essentially free. I ended up making a doctor appointment and when I got to the medical office it appeared more like a homeless shelter than a medical facility. The wait time to see a doctor was incredibly long, the service was terrible and the overall quality of health insurance was dismal. The only benefit I perceived in this Medicaid system was potentially being able to receive coverage in a hospital if I was in some sort of emergency. This system did not appear to work at all, based solely on the fact that the volume of people crowding into these medical offices were huge.
Since that time my income has increased to the point that I am qualified to purchase a plan through the state network. I got referred to www.QuoteFinder.Org from my friend and I purchased an Obamacare plan that I had the last few years and could not be happier with my plan. My insurance was very affordable each month, based on the fact that there is a subsidy that is attributed to my plan each month. This lowers the actual cost, allowing me to pay my bills, yet at the same time have access to a top notch medical network. My plan was originally around thirty dollars per month. The overall quality of my insurance has not changed since I’ve been on the plan. The main concern that I have had with the Affordable Care Act is the fact that you need to be able to make a certain amount of money in order to receive a legit plan. The reality is, if you are making under twelve thousand dollars, you are inevitably going to have a plan that is low quality. If you make over that amount, you have access to a plan that is going to provide a great level of protection for yourself and your family.
Now, here is my problem for 2018. I got a raise and my plan has gone up to $487 a month to have the same good level of coverage. So now in 2018 I am being punished for making too much money (it’s really not that much money at all). I called my agent and we reviewed some non-compliant policies. So now I pay $118.00 a month for short term health insurance and I don’t have Obamacare. That was the only way I could stay insured, have a low deductible and still get to see my doctor, which I hardly ever go anyways.
At this point, I guess I am happy with my medical insurance, although my country and government does not understand as American’s we all need to have access to the same level of coverage. It is unacceptable for people to solely base a plan availability on meeting a random set of income requirements.
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