In less than 2 weeks the deadline hits for the uninsured to sign up for health insurance if they want coverage to begin January 1st. Some people say the premiums are too high but not one Roanoke woman. She's saving money.
Megan Sloan White is a freelance graphic artist. For a 30 year old, she's been through a lot in the past five years. She lost her fundraising job when Center in the Square made cuts and went back to school. Not not long after she was diagnosed with epilepsy.
" I had to have CT scans. I had an MRI," White said. "I had an EEG performed and so that's why my health insurance premiums are so high."
White started out paying $500.00 a month for health insurance with a $4000.00 dollar yearly deductible. Her premium recently went up to $617.00 a month- more than she pays in rent. Her dad's been helping her out.
Now White has enrolled for insurance through healthcare dot gov. Her new premium will be $337.00 dollars a month with a similar deductible of $4,000 a year.
"I'm going to be saving $280.00 a month in premiums," White said. "I thought it was a joke. I was like there is no way I'm saving this much money."
White takes medication and has her epilepsy managed but she knows health insurance is something she can't live without. "Unfortunately it's something I'm going to have to deal with for the rest of my life," White said. "I'm going to be on medication that I have to take constantly so I have to have health insurance."
The news that health insurance would be more affordable for her- in her words: "I'm stoked."
The deadline to sign up for insurance is December 23rd if you want insurance to begin January 1st. You must pay a premium by that date. It's a good idea not to wait until the last minute to sign up, according to Roanoke area navigator Patrick Kelly.