Voices of Health Reform: Kayla’s Story
Voices of Health Reform: Kayla’s Story

Categories: Health

When Kayla Holmstrom was just 9 years old, she was in a motorcycle accident. While her insurance plan covered her medical expenses, she contracted chronic osteomyelitis, a chronic bone infection. Since contracting the disease she has had over 25 surgeries. Kayla is now studying to become a nurse at South Dakota State University and would have lost her coverage under her parent’s plan when she turned 24. But thanks to the Patient’s Bill of Rights that was a part of the Affordable Care Act, Kayla can stay on her parent’s health insurance plan until her 26th birthday.

(This is from the White House Blog and is part of a series where readers can meet average Americans already benefiting from the health reform law, the Affordable Care Act.)

7 Responses to Voices of Health Reform: Kayla’s Story

  1. Frank says:

    Thank you very much for such a useful blog that helped me to understand something throughout, I recommend the admins to keep adding stuff like this.

  2. Jim W. says:

    The story is wonderful for the girl but what about people that are unemployed, have no health insurance, and have little chance of finding jobs similar to what they had before being forced out of the workplace? I am 61 years old, have several health issues that make employers nervous, and have used most of our savings and home equity loan. I have been looking and trying to get a foot in the door for the last five years, but not for a lack of trying! They (Congress and the President) can pass all of the laws they want but when people can’t pay for health insurance, what the heck are we supposed to do when a major health problem comes up? I live in California and even the state is nearing bankrupcy and can’t pay its bills. Making up bills and then signing them into law does not mean that they will come true. You can only write so many checks before the money runs out. Ordinary people know that but Congress and the President does not seem to get the message. The only way they will understand is to put the Congress and the President on the same system that the rest of the nation is on. We have to pay as we go or go without. After the politicians retire or are voted out of office, they should face the problems the rest of us have to face. Note: To all of you that can’t afford some of your meds, many Rx companies offer a patient assistance program that gives you the meds your doctors give you a prescription for. Check and see who is the manufacturer of your drug and then contact them either via the internet or by phone and ask if they have a patient assistance program (PAP). Two of my meds do not have generic replacements but the manufacturers do have PAP and have saved me thousands of dollars just in the past two and a half years. Check it out, it could not hurt to look and ask!

  3. Ginger W. says:

    Yes, I agree. I can’t afford any of my meds, ’cause of all the cut back, and my health care is killing me, slowly. No matter how hard I try to find a way to make it easier for me, none of the meds I have to take for my medical problems are covered at all by Medicare. I have fibormyligia, RA, asthma, acid reflux – my doctors try to help me with samples of whatever they have in stock, but its not enought to carry me through. I’m in major pain all the time, from what I suffer with, this so called health bill is so wrong for the poor and seniors. We worked so hard and did without, in the times we were able to work, now the goverment, and our president, is making it tougher for us to survive and afford decent health care. I’m 63. Thanks.

  4. Cindi says:

    Comment on the last comment at 09:15 Jan. 29 –
    I agree with u women, I have the same problem with getting my prescriptions filled and they are usually the good ones– but the govt says no way, gotta give em cheap or not at all, just to pocket more money for themselves. Wish we could get a dif president, can’t think of that word, if u know what I mean?

  5. Joanne says:

    I think her story is wonderful! So glad she is benefitting from Healthcare Reform.

  6. Janet says:

    The health care bill has done nothing but hurt us. My insurance premiums, co-pays, and deductibles have gone up. Also, I have problems with taking some prescription medications, my doctor prescribed a vitamin to take instead and my insurance denied it. I cannot afford to pay for it out of my pocket. Also, my husband lost his job and has been unable to find another job that he can do. All of the jobs available require special skills that he does not have.

  7. Sonja says:

    Great that she has insurance coverage for another two years, but you neglect to tell the story on how 500 billions of dollars are going to be taken from the Senior’s Medicare & how they WILL NOT receive quality care, if any care at all, due to the horrible Health Care Bill. Other people including Seniors SHOULD NOT have to have their care cut back, or have to pay for others care, PERIOD. Let Obama pay for it out of his billions that he has & leave the poor working (if any are working) people’s income or benefits ALONE.