My friend recently found a receipt for a payment that was made to a hospital in 1942 when her grandmother was born. Her great-grandma paid $1.50 out of her pocket in hospital costs for her baby (my friend's grandma) to be born. This included many days spent in the hospital.

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Fast forward to 2015 and when my friend gave birth to her son, the hospital bill was over $35,000 after insurance and she didn't get to stay in the hospital for long She was wheel-chaired out of there after two days. Wo! What if she didn't have insurance?

Can you imagine how much her hospital bill would have been if she didn't have insurance from both her employer and her husband's employer? This is supposed to be one of the happiest times in her life and it can turn out to be one of the most stressful.

Not having health insurance or not being able to pay for health coverage or medical care has been a concern for many people. The Affordable Care Act has helped to stop some of the shock and offers health coverage that is affordable.

Affordable Care Act Signed Into Law

On March 23rd, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) turned 12. In 2010, President Obama signed his healthcare legislation. Yes, there was controversy surrounding the law, but it has provided health coverage to over 133 million Americans who may not have been able to afford the health care they need.

14.5 million people signed up for health care coverage in 2022, most likely from the scary events of the COVID-19 pandemic. And they were able to sign up because of the Affordable Care Act.

With support from the American Rescue Plan, people living in New York who were enrolled in the Essential Plan had their premiums erased. This is one way that the pressure of figuring out how to pay for medical care would be lessened.

Mothers & Babie Perinatal Network

Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network is located at 457 at State Street in Binghamton and is proud to be a New York State Contractor for the in-person Assistor/Navigator program. That means if you or your family needs health insurance and you're not sure where to get started or need help with paying for co-payments or other medical bills, the Community Health Advocacy Coordinator at Mothers & Babies can help.

You can find out about Mothers & Babies and its programs and ways it can help you and your family by calling 607-772-0517.

LOOK: The most popular biblical baby names

To determine the most popular biblical baby names, Stacker consulted the name origin site Behind the Name and the Social Security Administration's baby names database then ranked the top 50 names from Behind the Name's Biblical Names origins list of 564 names, based on how many babies had been given these names in 2019. Click through to find out which biblical names have stood the test of time.

KEEP READING: Here are the most popular baby names in every state

Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.

Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five -- or to find inspiration for naming your baby.

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