The Faces of Health Care: Joanne W.

What has health reform meant to this country? That's a question that millions of Americans answer every day. Joanne is one of them. Read more of their stories here.


"My life was saved by early detection, thanks to annual wellness checks that included a
heart ultrasound."


Joanne was able to sign up for Medicare at 66. Her doctor told her there was an advancement to Medicare through ACA. After being on disability with no other health insurance, Joanne went in for a free annual wellness check once she had Medicare. At that very check they detected early caratoid artery stenosis — a condition that has no early symptoms, but if not treated can lead to a stroke or cardiac arrest. Because it was detected early she was immediately given medication and advice on diet and exercise.

“Who would have thought after all my support for the ACA, my life would be saved by it,” she wrote in a letter to the President.

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