Ebony Taylor is a 25-year-old D.C. native who will be graduating from Bowie State University in December. She also works as a security officer and is a member of SEIU Local 32BJ. Since she works part time she isn't eligible for health insurance through her employer.
Every time Taylor visited a doctor, she had to pay for it out of her own pocket. She also went without regular checkups since they were simply too costly for something that wasn't truly urgent. When she heard from some co-workers about the provisions in the Affordable Care Act what would let her join her parent's healthcare plan until age 26, she decided to investigate the matter further. She told her mom about the new law, and her mom checked with her employer and--sure enough--found that Ebony could be added to her plan. "Now that I'll have insurance again, I'll be more consistent about going to the doctor and getting checkups," said Taylor.
But this provision isn't the only part of the new law that will help her.
After she graduates, Taylor will be looking for a job in the journalism/broadcasting field--which she studied in college. And when she turns 26 and is no longer eligible to stay on her mother's insurance plan, she looks forward to being able to purchase affordable insurance through the new marketplaces.
"It's comforting to know that I can pursue a job in the field that I love, and not have to base my career choices solely on whether the employer offers healthcare or not," she said.