March 21, 2016
By: Robyn Martin, Waldorf, MarylandI never figured that the Affordable Care Act would affect me or my family. And then I had Jax.
My dear son Jax, a twin, was born with serious genetic disorders, including heart defects that landed him immediately in the neonatal intensive care unit. That first day in intensive care cost $150,000. He has gone through extensive surgeries since then. He faces even more in the years ahead.
I haven’t added up the cost of his care so far, but to illustrate the scope: He was in the intensive care unit for 21 days at the start of his life and 10 days in recovery after having open heart surgery. I have excellent health insurance through my employer, but without the Affordable Care Act, Jax would have hit the plan’s lifetime limits on his coverage.
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