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Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum: Health Care

Health Care for Me

Home Kay Bounkeua


Before health care reform, I had to pay for private insurance which was a huge part of my already miniscule income as a graduate student. Regardless of coverage, it was extremely minimal and I often delayed or cancelled appointments that were crucial for preventative care.

Health care reform is important to me because children could be covered on their parents’ insurance until the age of 26. I was thrilled and no longer had the constant worry of how to pay for my insurance on top of how I would pay for my schooling and living costs. Health care reform is paramount for the mental and physical well-being of the people residing in this country and I am thankful that the country is making positive steps forward.