Liz H. (California)

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Liz H. (California)

“As a healthy active mother and former business owner,  I didn’t really worry about the specifics of my health insurance policy except for my co-pay and deductible – until about twenty years ago, when I was diagnosed with a chronic illness known as temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ/TMD.  I had to fight to get the disorder covered by insurance companies because it was not perceived as a chronic illness needing medically necessary treatment. I battle this chronic condition on a daily basis, which at times causes severe pain, tenderness and swelling in my face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders.  I know now that the details in my health insurance plan are important as ever and will determine my ability to live a productive, active, and pain free life.”

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