Real People, Real Stories

Updated:Nov 5,2014

For the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, health care reform is about putting patients first. Behind the statistics are real people and families, looking to access the quality care they need to treat or prevent heart disease and stroke.

Meet Vance
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After having two heart attacks, Vance Lobe found himself without health insurance and concerned about his health. With his state’s high risk insurance pool program full, Vance was left with difficult financial choices: paying for his health or paying bills. Luckily, Vance has more options thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Read more of Vance’s story.

Meet Aqualyn
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At 18 years old, Aqualyn suffered a stroke. Luckily she recovered but now has a “pre-existing medical condition.” Before the Affordable Care Act and after an emergency surgery, her insurance dropped her, leaving her with massive medical bills. For Aqualyn and a countless number of Americans, the new health reform law prevents this from happening to her and anyone else. Read more of Aqualyn’s story.
 

Meet Ron
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Ron was uninsured and had a stroke. With increasing medical bills depleting his savings, he needed help. Luckily, Ron was able to purchase an affordable plan under the new health reform law. Read more about Ron’s story.




Share Your Story!
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With implementation of the new health care law underway, making health care coverage more accessible and affordable to millions of Americans, we want to hear your health care story!

By sharing your personal story about the new health care reforms that have benefitted you or your family, you can help educate your fellow heart disease and stroke patients about the new coverage options and protections that may be available to them as well.





  • Do you have a child with a pre-existing condition who is now eligible for coverage?
  • Have you encountered problems with lifetime caps in the past- which are now prohibited?
  • Are you a young adult (under 26 years old) who can now stay covered under your parent's plan?
  • Have you put off preventative care in the past because you couldn’t afford it?
  • Are you or someone you know enrolled in the new Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan?
  • Are you a senior who has recently received a rebate check to make it easier to purchase prescription drugs?
  • Have you had your insurance policy cancelled after you got sick which is now prohibited?
If you fit any of the profiles above, let us know! Your story won’t be used without your consent, but as opportunities to share patient stories come up, whether it is on the web, through the media, or at events, we’ll be able to reach out to you to discuss your interest in helping further.

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