In 2008, Cecilia was laid off from work and lost her health insurance. “It was an awful feeling,” Cecilia said. “After my company was downsized, I tried to purchase insurance on my own, but it was too expensive.” Cecilia could no longer afford the doctor visits or the medicine that she needed.
One of Cecilia’s biggest concerns was how to buy individual health insurance without a job, but she recently had the opportunity. “When I received my Blue Cross and Blue Shield card, it was like winning the lottery!” she said.
While shopping for individual health insurance, she compared her options on healthcare.gov. She chose Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) because she found a prescription drug plan and deductible that met her needs. She had also heard that BCBSIL had good customer service.
“Now that I have BCBS as my insurer, I manage my health a lot better,” Cecilia said. “I feel better about myself. I take my medications as prescribed. I go to the doctors.”
Watch Cecilia’s story to see how she was able to overcome her obstacle and find affordable individual health insurance.
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Prior to 2008, I had insurance. And then the recession hit in 2008, of which my company downsized, and I had no job, had no insurance.My name is Cecilia Fontenot. I'm 64 years old. I've been a member of Blue Cross and Blue Shield for six months. After my company was downsized, I tried to purchase insurance on my own, but it was too expensive. It was an awful feeling. Had no medication to take. Was unable to go to the physicians, which left me at a loss. So I was very happy when ACA came and became law. I was able to afford getting insurance. I went to healthcare.gov, and I compared the different options that were out there for me. The factor to me, that led me to choose Blue Cross and Blue Shield was the medication part of it and the deductible. Another thing that led me to choose Blue Cross Blue Shield was that I had heard from other people that the customer service was very good. When I received my Blue Cross and Blue Shield card, I felt very good. It was like winning the lottery.Then I knew upon receiving this package that I was able to go to the doctors. Since becoming a member in January, I have used my card several times. I've found that the network of doctors and hospitals have increased significantly since I had insurance through my employers. Now that I have Blue Cross and Blue Shield as my insurer, I manage my health a lot better. I feel better about myself. I take my medication as prescribed. I go to the doctors. I feel so much better now.
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