Daniel M. is a self-employed freelance cinematographer in Austin, Texas.

He and his wife had concerns around their access to health care as they welcomed their newborn daughter amid the pandemic. Thankfully, the 2021 Marketplace Special Enrollment Period (SEP) provided his family an opportunity to get affordable health care coverage. Daniel shared, “Fortunately, I was able to secure health insurance coverage during the extended special enrollment period and guarantee my family’s access to high-quality care. It is critical for me to ensure that my newborn, my wife, and I can access care that’s there when we need it – especially as we continue to turn the corner on the COVID-19 crisis. Through the marketplace, I was able to find coverage that my family could afford.”

The 2021 Marketplace SEP served as an important opportunity for Americans to gain affordable coverage in light of the economic downturn resulting from the pandemic.

Daniel secured coverage during the SEP because he felt strongly about making sure his family had access to high-quality medical providers. He said, “It was important for me to find a health plan that covered regular medical visits, prescription medications, telehealth, mental health, and preventive care services. The plan I selected has helped me secure a healthier future for my newborn and family.”

Daniel’s family had an extremely positive experience finding affordable coverage that worked for them during the SEP. Daniel said, “The coverage that I found during the special enrollment period worked with me on a payment plan to ensure my family could access quality care. I’m extremely grateful that health insurance providers are able to offer affordable coverage and work with families like mine during this crucial time.”

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