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HHS Secretary Speaks To Hoosiers Enrolled In ACA

The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services was in Indianapolis Friday talking to Hoosiers enrolled in the Affordable Health Care Act, or ACA.

The visit comes before the 2016 enrollment period ends Jan. 31.

Secretary Sylvia Burwell took a tour of United Way of Central Indiana's 211 ‘Connect To Help’ call center, before sitting down to share stories about health coverage.

"You know I’ve met the person that before the ACA delayed their chemotherapy because they had an annual limit; their kids at the age of 15 you’d maxed out your insurance for a lifetime," Burwell said.

Lifetime and annual limits ended when the ACA went into effect. Burwell's visit is part of Obama's 'Cabinet in Your Community' initiative to highlight the Administration's achievements. The Secretary pointed to changes like continued coverage for people up to 26 on their parents plan, paid wellness visits and preventative services as benefits of the act.

Erin McDonald was on a community roundtable with Burwell.  She stayed in a job she didn’t like to keep her insurance and now on ACA and she says pleased with her

"I had an issue last year when my subsidy went away and she even got me into a less expensive plan with better coverage," McDonald said.

Nearly 18 million Americans have gotten coverage since the ACA went into effect. The deadline to start coverage by Feb. 1 is midnight Friday.

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