Starting a Company Is Hard. Good Health Insurance Makes It Easier.
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I didn’t want to have a gap in my health insurance while I was working on this. I also didn’t want to feel rushed into a situation that wasn’t quite right or stop chasing the ideas I was developing just because I felt urgency to get health insurance. A friend suggested I look at MHC.
After 45 minutes on the website, I felt tremendous relief. I knew that there was a solution there. And not just a solution, but a wide variety of choices. It was an incredible feeling to know that I could continue to pursue my entrepreneurial goals without having to worry about whether I was taking an unnecessary risk with my own health.
Beyond that, I had a truly excellent experience using MHC. How often do you get to say great things about your government? I think most of us take it as a given that you’re just supposed to complain about government (I’m human, I have those moments too). But not this time. Credit where credit is due: Great program, great people, great service, great outcome. It was also efficient and easy, which I also appreciate. (They also have a fascinating series of toolkits for implementing a program like this.)
I honestly hadn’t realized how much health insurance had been preying on my mind until I slept so well that night.
I know I’m not the typical customer. I do have financial resources, and healthcare coverage can still be expensive (though my new plan is actually cheaper than what I was paying for under my old COBRA plan…for the same kind of coverage & my same doctors). That’s still a challenge for our whole society, and as someone who works in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, I understand the complexity of this challenge.
But in case anyone was wondering whether there’s a real connection between healthcare coverage and entrepreneurship, the answer is definitively yes.