Five Holiday Characters Who Wish They Were CoveredDecember 15
By Sylvia Mathews Burwell, HHS Secretary
Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? As you look for the perfect gifts for friends and family, don’t forget to give a gift to yourself — affordable, quality health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Today is the deadline to sign up on HealthCare.gov for coverage that starts on January 1st.
The peace of mind and security that comes with health coverage can make everyone’s holiday a little brighter. In fact, if the Affordable Care Act were around for some of our favorite holiday characters, their stories might be a little different.
The Grinch: With preventive services at no extra cost, including certain screenings, the Grinch’s rare heart condition could have been caught much sooner. With treatment to get his heart working correctly, he would have never been driven to burgle Christmas… and saved Max the dog and the Whos of Whoville a lot of trouble.
A Christmas Carol: No doubt Ebenezer Scrooge didn’t offer employee benefits. But with the Health Insurance Marketplace and financial assistance, Bob Cratchit and his family could still afford to get covered. More than 7 in 10 returning Marketplace customers can buy a plan for $75 or less a month in premiums after tax credits. And with new protections, Tiny Tim can’t be discriminated against because of his pre-existing condition.
Elf: There are two things we know for sure about Buddy from Elf…he is a close personal friend of Santa, and has questionable eating habits. But with diet counseling at no extra cost, Buddy can learn to eat better and live a healthier life.
Home Alone: If Home Alone’s “Wet Bandits” had quality, affordable health insurance, perhaps they wouldn’t have turned to a life of crime, terrorizing a plucky 8 year old. Either way, they could sure use some health care after Kevin’s revenge.
As Scrooge discovered Christmas morning, it’s not too late! Go to HealthCare.gov right now to get coverage that starts on January 1. Financial assistance is available and it’s easier than ever. There are people available to help in person and over the phone, in English or Spanish, if you have any questions.
Get covered and have a happy holiday!