Habib Tata is a Tulsa-based realtor.
His private health insurance for himself and his two sons costs him about $800 a month, out-of-pocket, and he expected costs to go up when his wife left her teaching job this year to stay home with their two boys.
Then the Affordable Care Act marketplace opened on www.healthcare.gov.
"There are a lot of good options right now available for us compared to what we had before," Habib said.
Habib immigrated from Afghanistan to the U.S. more than a decade ago to escape the war in his homeland and be near family in Tulsa. "We appreciate what we have here," he said.
Because of his years of experience as a realtor, Habib knows a lot about home insurance.
When it comes to the changing world of health insurance, though, he turns to his licensed certified health insurance agent.
There's a lot on the line. He has a family of four and one of his young sons has a serious, pre-existing, condition.
"I have two young boys and one of them with Type 1 diabetes; it was a little bit hard before to get insurance," Habib explains.
Habib and his wife turned to their agent, Roger Flippo, for help the day the marketplace opened.
Flippo acknowledges the Affordable Care Act is controversial, but given what he's seen in his 23 years selling health insurance, he has hope the ACA will make a positive difference.
"I've seen a lot of folks that have not been able to qualify for coverage and that's been disturbing to me," said Flippo.
Habib's son, and anyone else with a pre-existing condition, can no longer be turned down for coverage.
Flippo is one of thousands of licensed certified agents across the nation who will help anyone navigate the new insurance marketplace for the right plan for free.
Click here -- http://bit.ly/findanagent -- to find a licensed certified health insurance agent near you.
It's welcome support as Habib concentrates on his career and family.
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