Our first trip to the ER came earlier than we expected. It was late last year, Lil Tank was being a monkey on Monkey's bed, jumping up and down... and BANG. She hit her head on the windowsill and busted the space between her eyes just above her nose wide open. Blood gushing out. I'm freaking out. Monkey's freaking out. Lil Tank's crying. Daddy's at work. I quickly tried to calm the girls down and remain calm myself so they wouldn't think it was a big deal. But it was A BIG DEAL! I mean blood was GUSHING OUT of my baby girl's head! Remain calm. I put pressure on the wound and taped it up as we piled into the car to drive to the hospital.
Lil Tank was a Big Trooper. She stopped crying before we got in the car and even played around in the waiting room as I tried to keep the bandage taped to her head. Her spirits were definitely not down. Thank goodness! In fact, while the doctor and nurse checked her wound, she remained calm. She didn't start crying again until the doctor had me hold her down as he applied liquid glue to her big boo-boo. After lots of cuddle time with Mommy, she was feeling much better. Her scar on the other hand, not so much. Still healing to this day.
Luckily, we have health insurance. I can't imagine the bill if we didn't. But 1 in 6 Americans don't. However, health insurance isn't as expensive as you may think. We're told more than half of the uninsured could find insurance for less than $100 per month. It's less than $50 for people under 35.
We, at Newsy Parents, are helping to raise awareness about the Health Insurance Marketplace and the financial assistance available by working with the Ad Council and Get Covered America.
There are lots of reasons people are uninsured. They don't receive coverage from an employer, can't afford coverage, or were previously denied insurance due to a pre-existing condition. As you may imagine, the uninsured are exposed to significant financial risk from medical issues, accidents or emergencies. Even young and healthy individuals are at-risk, such as our experience with Lil Tank. One trip to the emergency room for a blood-gushing boo-boo, a broken arm or a bad ear infection could cost thousands of dollars.
The good news is health plans are available, but you must enroll in the subsidized healthcare by March 31. To learn more about available options, visit Get Covered America.
You can also find out more by participating in a Twitter Chat we're hosting tomorrow (Tuesday, March 11) from 1-2 p.m. Follow the hashtag #TakeCareChat to learn more about Get Covered America and your options under the ACA. In case you miss that one, there's another one on March 18 from 1-2 p.m.
We hope you'll follow the advice this dog is giving - "Take Care, People."
DISCLOSURE: I am being compensated as a Twitter Chat Consultant for Bloggin’ Mamas who is working with Element Associates, Get Covered America and the Ad Council for this campaign.