Adam Goldner

My 11-year-old son Ethan has type 1 diabetes. For the last nine years, he’s used a fast-acting insulin called Novolog to effectively control his blood sugar. While my wife and I had read stories about other people having difficulty getting...

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Charis Hill

I’ve experienced persistent insurance company denials for medications doctors have prescribed to treat my ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthritis that affects the spine and other joints. When my doctor prescribed a dosage increase for my arthritis medication (for which...

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Cameron Credle

I suffer from familial hypercholesterolemia, an inherited, genetic disorder that causes high cholesterol and puts me at early risk for a heart attack. My doctor wanted to treat my high cholesterol with a new class of drugs – called PCSK9...

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Howard Palmer

As a building engineer for a small charter school, my job is physically demanding. As I approach age 65, my degenerative scoliosis has worsened, making it harder for me to work and raising the possibility that my contract may not...

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Natalie Blake

I suffer from severe asthma, which my doctor had gotten under control by prescribing me a brand name inhaled corticosteroid.  For five years, I had no issues with my asthma while on the medication.  Then, without notice, my insurance company denied my...

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Janel Wright 

Janel Wright  I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 13 years old, and have been using an insulin pump since 1988. I never paid much attention to health insurance, having received coverage through my parents as a teenager and then...

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Avis Killebrew 

Our daughter had been taking a name brand antipsychotic drug for years to help with her behavioral issues. However, one day, our insurer refused to approve coverage for the brand drug, so our doctor re-wrote the prescription for the generic...

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Riva Greenberg 

My type 1 diabetes requires that I take a long-lasting, 24-hour insulin.  The problem is, the insulin I was using never actually lasted me the full 24 hours. I would have to get up at 6am every morning to give...

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Jaime Weinstein

It took eight years for doctors to correctly diagnose my Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract. Making matters worse, my health insurer wouldn’t allow me to take the medication my doctor prescribed for me, instead forcing...

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Laurel Garrison 

Our daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 16 months old. Our family is fortunate in that we have been able to afford her insulin and the other diabetes supplies she needs, which can be very expensive....

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