When Rose Marie Pennington of Boca Raton, Fla., found herself between jobs after working as a registered nurse for 42 years, she no longer had health insurance for the first time in decades. Her income level dropped to about a fourth of what she had been earning, but she was able to find an affordable plan by visiting the federal marketplace and qualifying for a sizable subsidy. "I had a reduction of $518 [per month], and the plan I chose was one that will cost me only $194 per month--something I can afford," Pennington said.
After Pennington obtained her new healthcare plan, she was eager to help others without insurance benefit in the same way as she had. "I knew a man who hadn't had health insurance for more than a year and a half. He hadn't been taking the medicine [he needed] for the past six months," Pennington said. "I told him about what I had done to obtain my own plan. The next day he and I went and he was able to get covered--and is now taking his medicines as he should."
Pennington knows the importance of spreading the word as much as possible to make the new law a success. "I'm just one person but it's important that I speak out about my experiences as much as possible to increase awareness," she says. "There are still days left for someone to sign up and get the insurance they need."