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34 year old woman receives healthcare for first time in 10 years

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(02/25/14) - If you still don't have healthcare, the clock is ticking.

Roughly one month remains before the government's open enrollment period ends.

ABC12 News has the success story of a local woman who is now enrolled for the first time.

Thirty-four-year old LaNika Wise has been uninsured for the past 10 years. It wasn't until recently that all of that changed.

"For one. I'm covered," Wise said.

It's been a struggle for Wise to get health insurance in the past. Not only is she a volleyball coach at Flint Northwestern - she's also an actress. Her fluctuating income made it tough to get to the doctor.

"Whenever I get a large check, it would be too much for me to obtain for me to maintain the Genesee Health Plan," she said.

Wise says her father advised her numerous times to sign up for the Affordable Care Act. She kept putting it off, until she was rushed to the emergency room last December.

"Playing volleyball. I had collided with one of my teammates. I suffered a mild concussion and then that's when I had an 'ah ha' moment. My eyes were really opened, like 'I need insurance,'" she said.

Stories like this brought hundreds of people from different faith-based organizations to Ebenezer Ministries in Burton.

The Universal Kidney Foundation is educating the public on this topic.

Acacia Salatti, a representative from the White House, encounters people daily who can't afford their health insurance.

"The fact of the matter is that health insurance is a necessity and we want to make sure that people in the community understand that," she said.

"One of the things we found out is that many people are confused of the nature of it," said Bishop Urandi Knox, of Ebenezer Ministries in Burton.

Wise says it was an easy process.

"Now that I have it, I see how important it is to be covered because you never know what happens," she said.

The deadline to sign up without a penalty is March 31.

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