Margarita’s Story: The ‘Best Thing I Ever Did’

by AHIP

May 10, 2018

Cancer is scary. But so is the thought of not having a paycheck while you work with your doctor and others to fight the cancer and recover. Margarita Gomez was facing both fears after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

With short-term disability income insurance from Aflac, she had the protection she needed.

Margarita shared her story with Aflac:

This may sound unbelievable, but when I was told I had breast cancer, I was more worried about how I was going to pay my rent and bills than I was about the cancer.

It was nearing the end of the year and I had run out of paid sick days. I even considered asking my doctor if treatment could be delayed until the beginning of the following year, when my paid sick days are replenished.

I had not used my Aflac short-term disability insurance policy benefits before and was so happy when I found out that Aflac would help cover the unpaid days that my regular work disability did not.

As the sole provider for me and my daughter, the best thing I ever did was apply for Aflac.

Thank you so much!

“Many people are understandably concerned about the potential financial impact of an unexpected injury or illness,” explains Aflac Chief Human Resources Officer Matthew Owenby. “In fact, the 2017 Aflac WorkForces Report concluded that 65 percent of employees would be unable to pay more than $1,000 for out-of-pocket expenses related to an accident or illness, making voluntary insurance a vital part of anyone’s insurance planning.”

May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month. AHIP, Aflac, and many other organizations will work throughout May to raise awareness among working Americans about the risk of a disabling illness or injury and the financial risk of work disability. We can all learn from Margarita’s experience about how voluntary disability income protection insurance can help secure families’ financial health and help eliminate the fears associated with a disabling illness or injury.

Go to AHIP’s Disability Income Insurance Issue Page for information on how working Americans can make sure they’re better protected from the financial consequences of a disability.



This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a solicitation.
Short-term disability insurance is underwritten by American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus. In New York, short-term disability insurance  is underwritten by American Family Life Assurance Company of New York.
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