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HealthCare.com Stories: Share Your Personal Healthcare Stories

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HealthCare.com Stories will be a new series featuring the personal stories of those navigating America’s healthcare system – your struggles, triumphs, and advice for others.

Healthcare is difficult. Whether you’re covered by some kind of health insurance policy or program, the paths through the American healthcare system are littered with potholes: coverage gaps, unclear policies, hidden costs, unnecessary procedures, and anything else you likely can’t think of. We’ve all heard (or experienced) our fair share of healthcare horror stories, but maybe some of us have also lived through inspiring experiences in this complicated system. In a new HealthCare.com series, we want to share these personal healthcare stories, highlight the very different (and likely also very similar) situations that people have experienced, and (hopefully) help consumers make better, more-informed decisions about their healthcare.

Telling the Human Story

Between 2009 and 2011, I inadvertently found myself in and out of hospitals, shuffling between different specialists to get the treatments I needed. Thankfully, I was still covered under my parents’ health insurance, which made it possible for me to access that level of healthcare. That kind of healthcare coverage isn’t applicable to all, though. In the United States, approximately 50 million people lack any kind of health insurance. And even for those covered under some kind of health insurance, sometimes the level of coverage they have is insufficient or the costs of having it don’t accurately align with their needs.

Oftentimes, though, we’re merely presented with the data on healthcare consumers or patients – we don’t hear about these deeply personal healthcare journeys unless someone’s quoted in a newspaper or magazine feature. We’d like to change that; we’d like to share these human experiences of loss and achievement and pain and happiness, and help others others along the way.

Sharing Your Personal Healthcare Story

Whether you’re covered by a private insurer, a government-backed plan, or even if you’re uninsured, we’d like to hear your personal healthcare stories.

What would you like to share with other healthcare consumers out there? What struggles or triumphs have you encountered in our healthcare system, and what advice do you have for others? Have you managed or are you currently trying to manage tremendous personal healthcare debt? Did you have a good or bad experience with an Obamacare plan? Are you currently navigating your Medicare options? Or are you a care provider who’s experienced issues from within the system? Whatever it is – we’d like to hear from you.

Write a brief summary of what you’d like to share and email us at stories@healthcare.com. From there, we’ll make sure to follow-up and set-up an interview.

The American healthcare system is in a hugely transformational stage, and we believe that sharing these stories can transform the way people make their healthcare decisions.

Ronald Barba: Ronald is the director of content & community at HealthCare.com. Formerly the managing editor at startup publication Tech.Co, he knows a thing or two about tech and startups. In his free time, he likes to read books, go on hikes, and rock climb. He also enjoys cooking and woodworking. Love or hate this story? Let him know: rbarba@healthcare.com Follow him on Twitter: @ronaldpbarba.

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