CNN PRODUCER NOTE Nightchilde of Denver, Colorado, lost her job in January 2012 and hasn’t been able to afford her own health insurance since her coverage ran out the following month. The 57-year-old has diabetes and fibromyalgia and says she can only afford to take half of her medications. But, she is hopeful that the Affordable Health Care Act can help her. “I was elated to hear about the open enrollment. It has given me some hope that I can get my health issues under control so that I can live a longer, more productive life,” she said.
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
I lost my job in January 2012. A month later I found myself uninsured. I have three chronic illnesses including Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, and a rare coughing condition. After a couple months without health coverage, no medications and no income, I ended up in an ambulance being taken to the ICU for diabetic ketoacidosis, moments from slipping into a coma and possible death. I had tried for months to find some kind of coverage or assistance prior to this, to no avail. I could not afford the $1050 per month premium for my coverage and figured that at some point, I would just pass away from lack of care. Then, I read up on the "Obamacare" process, and have found new hope that I will qualify for Medicaid or another insurance, so that I can at least have minimal doctor interaction.
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