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Letter: Peace of mind

Growing up I was lucky to always have health insurance, but following a divorce, I learned I was going to lose my coverage and wouldn’t be able to get it through my employer. For the first time in my life I was going to be uninsured. Even though I’m a healthy 25-year-old woman, I knew I needed to get covered in case anything happened.

In January I went to Coveringnewhampshire.org to shop for a plan on the health insurance marketplace. I have a good job as a waitress in the Lakes Region, but I have a budget and was worried about the cost. I was budgeting $250 a month for a decent plan but was happy to find that the “silver” plan cost $90 a month. That’s what I spend on gas in a month. It was definitely worth $90 for me to have the peace of mind you get with health insurance.

I was also surprised at how easy it was to sign up. In about 30 minutes I was enrolled in a plan that offers all of the basics, like emergency room visits, prescription drugs and doctor visits. If you have time to sit down and watch your favorite show, you have time to sign up for health care.

I am young and just starting out in life. Facing huge medical bills on top of my student loan debt seemed too risky to me. I feel a lot better knowing that I won’t have thousands of dollars in medical expenses thrown at me if I slip on ice in my driveway or get into a car accident. Going without health insurance is something you just can’t afford.

MICHELLE STANYAN

Laconia

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