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#SpeakOut4Health: Theresa Relied on Her Health Coverage to Heal

February 8, 2017   No Comments

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Theresa Jenks was working as an assistant teacher and at a nonprofit employment center when she stubbed her toe. Due to complications with diabetes, this led to a serious infection.

Part of her foot had to be amputated. This meant staying in the hospital for eight days, staying in a nursing facility for a month, and receiving in-home medical care for another month, then another month of follow-up treatments.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Theresa had health coverage that covered all of these services. She was able to heal without incurring large medical bills.

“I wouldn’t be here without health care,” Theresa said.

You can read more of Theresa’s story and some of the other people we’ve helped in this story from Trib Live.


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#SpeakOut4Health Tara’s Peace of Mind

January 13, 2017   No Comments

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Tara Sherry-Torres knows what it’s like to be uninsured. She had no health or dental insurance in her mid-20s. When she was finally able to see a dentist, she learned that her teeth were in horrible condition and she was close to having gingivitis.

Now Tara has health and dental coverage because of the Affordable Care Act, and she is dedicated to maintaining her preventative care so she doesn’t find herself in that situation again.

“It gives me peace of mind,” Tara says. “Healthy individuals make for healthy families, healthy families make for healthy communities, which ultimately makes a healthy world.”


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#SpeakOut4Health: Ali’s Start-up Story

December 23, 2016   Comments Off on #SpeakOut4Health: Ali’s Start-up Story



Mary Shapiro rallied together with Consumer Health Coalition on a cold day outside Senator Pat Toomey’s office to tell her daughter Ali’s story last week.

Mary’s daughter Ali was diagnosed with the cancer Hodgkin lymphoma when she was 13 years old. Today Ali is 38 years old and a successful business owner.

Without the Affordable Care Act, Ali would not be able to find health insurance she can afford,” Mary said.

Due to Ali’s pre-existing condition, health coverage was an important consideration when she decided to branch out and start her own business. The Affordable Care Act protected her.

“It helped Ali afford the lean years of a start-up, and she would not be able to be the successful businesswoman she is today without the Affordable Care Act,” Mary said.

“Ali understands there are frustrations with the Affordable Care Act, but it would be best for all Americans if Congress viewed it as one of America’s greatest start-ups,” said Mary. “All entrepreneurs know that the first version of your offering isn’t perfect. There’s an expectation you’ll evolve your offerings by learning from the market how to improve, not just kill a business idea out of the gate when it has had considerable effectiveness.”

Mary delivered Ali’s story to Senator Toomey to ask him to represent her needs and make sure we do not lose the necessary protections of the ACA.

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#SpeakOut4Health: Lezlie’s Costly Medical Expenses

December 20, 2016   Comments Off on #SpeakOut4Health: Lezlie’s Costly Medical Expenses


In November, Lezlie Sarver (pictured above) and over 16,000 retired miners and their dependents were set to lose their health coverage through the United Mine Workers of America (U.M.W.A) at the end of the year.

Lezlie was covered under the U.M.W.A. health insurance, and she was faced with the possibility of losing her health coverage. She needed a quality health plan because of expensive needs for her autoimmune disease.

“This is important to me. I need coverage,” says Lezlie. “It means I can try to stay as healthy as possible.”

Consumer Health Coalition Navigators met with Lezlie and more than 325 people who were set to lose their U.M.W.A. coverage in Indiana, Uniontown, and Edensburg, Pennsylvania.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, these folks had other coverage options available to them. Consumer Health Coalition’s Navigators gave one-on-one enrollment counseling to many of them.

Congress recently passed a stopgap bill that allows the coal miners to keep their U.M.W.A. health coverage for four months. This is great news for Lezlie and the thousands of others who will temporarily keep their coverage.

It is a relief to many people who lose health coverage that the Affordable Care Act makes health coverage options available to them. At Consumer Health Coalition, we make sure people know how to access the health care they need.

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