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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

I’m a resident of Queens who is volunteering with Northeast Queens for Action. I recently wrote a letter to President Obama describing my experience with the Affordable Care Act.

My husband and I were unemployed and my income as a freelance violinist did not benefit us with health insurance. We were eating healthier and training for racing events. We both lost weight and our health never seemed better.

Despite our efforts to stay healthy I began to get sick. We spent a lot of time on the phone with the New York State of Health in attempt to obtain health coverage through Obamacare. We were finally approved and our insurance cards arrived in the mail. I saw a doctor the very next day. After many tests I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease. If this condition had gone untreated much longer the results would have been disastrous, possibly even fatal. Luckily our health insurance came just in time and I am now in treatment.

If you have a health issue that you feel you’re stuck with, either phone calls or a few clicks on the website could potentially save your life. When calling the New York State of Health persistence will pay off. You don’t have to live with compromised health any longer if you don’t want to. Signing up and changing your life is easier than you think. I did it.

Angela Wirbiezcas
Kew Gardens

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