I reached a milestone on the 1st of November - I have now worked a full 90 days for Amazon and am now covered by their insurance plan until they release us from our peak season commitment.
You may think this is no big deal, but for me it truly is. While the affordable care act has helped a great many people, the state I came from did not expand their medicaid program, and I fall in that grey area. I did sign up for a health plan on the exchange, and I did get the assistance for paying for it, but even though my share of cost per month was relatively small, it was enough that I could not afford any of the care I needed. So I did not go to the specialists who could treat my diabetic retinopathy because I just did not have the money.
Why, you ask, did I fail to do this? Well, before the affordable care act, I had been obtaining medical care under another program on a sliding fee scale. However, when they sent me to have a colonoscopy, and I thought the copay of $30 covered it, I was horribly wrong and when the bills started arriving that I could not pay, I nearly had a nervous breakdown.
So I spent the better part of 2 years paying for my plan on the exchange, and not having enough money to see the specialists I needed. Plus, truth be told, I didn't realize until recently how bad my eyes are and how close I am to losing my vision.
So that in a nutshell is why we decided to come and do this thing again, despite knowing it would kick our butts physically. Now the plan is to spend our days off seeking medical care for my eyes and hoping it's not too late to save my sight.
Wish me luck!