March 23, 2016
By: Alycia Steinberg, Towson, MarylandMy bright, spirited 6-year-old daughter Avey has a long strand of beautiful beads. They’re “courage beads,” over 400 in all. They represent the milestones of her cancer treatment--18 spinal taps, 15 blood transfusions, and 24 nights in the hospital that she endured in her fight against leukemia that started when she was 2.
Avey’s in remission now, and only sees the doctor every few months for a checkup. We are grateful for her current good health--and for the protections of the Affordable Care Act.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurers can’t discriminate against Avey or most other children or adults who suffered illness or injury because of their pre-existing condition. Thanks to this law’s protections, Avey’s opportunities won’t be limited because she had cancer and got treatment.
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