Thursday, 21 March 2019

Letter: Concerns about current healthcare system

I am writing to express my concerns about our current healthcare system. There are many issues when it comes to access and affordability within our current system. I know that I am not alone when I say that I am struggling under the weight of growing costs and high insurance premiums.

I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was thirteen years old. I knew I had to go to college and get a good job if I wanted to have good health insurance and afford all of my diabetes management supplies. I now have a master’s degree and am in my 5th year of teaching. I am struggling to make ends meet on a teacher’s salary and struggling to pay back $65,000 in student loan debt, all on top of an insurance premium that is $250 a month with $305 per month for a continuous glucose monitor, and $692 in startup costs for an insulin pump. A lot of insurance companies won’t even approve a CGM or insulin pump. We have all of this new technology available to significantly help manage this disease and prevent future complications and our insurance denies us of it? These costs do not include the bills pouring in for never-ending doctor visits, diabetes educator visits, and blood work.

I had to leave my home state of West Virginia partly due to being a type 1 diabetic on a teacher’s salary with PEIA. It is my life goal to make it back to the wild and wonderful state that holds my heart and my family. However, we first need to address our current healthcare crisis. It is not only low income families, immigrants, those with functional impairments, etc. who are struggling. People who are doing well financially are still dying because they cannot afford insurance premiums and medication costs and this is not okay. This needs to be addressed and should be a top concern. I encourage our WV representatives to take the time and have the heart to focus on making overall healthcare accessible and affordable for our country.


Lauren Grubb

San Jose, California


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