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Monday, October 3, 2011

Why Losing My Health Insurance Tops My List of Fears...

My new article was posted this morning on the Diabetes Health website.  It's about the three times in 17yrs I was without health benefits and why I'm thankful for where I am today.  See the link below for the full article.


  1. WOW...I cannot even begin to imagine Joe without health insurance Meagan. What scary times indeed. You are so right...person's with Type 1 have enough to worry about. Today, I am thankful. I am thankful that Joe has every advantage that a type 1 kiddo could have. Love you. xo

  2. Our health system has alot of probs, but they give us syringes, and subsidise blood glucose test strips and insulins, so at a mininum a type 1 has access to basic affordable D care. I cant imagine how it feels to live within your allocated strip allowance etc, just because a health insurance situation dictates to you. argh.

  3. Oh Meagan, how scary those times must have been... I agree with Jules... there should be some minimum "health maintenance" for all Type 1s, regardless of insurance. Yep... another system needing fixing.

  4. Oh, how I can relate to this! My husband was in the process of launching a new business when Jack was diagnosed. We had to leave our group health plan and get individual insurance. Because of Jack's diabetes, we were denied, denied, denied! We finally found a group plan through a professional association. That was the only insurance we could get and the coverage was outrageously expensive and awful (super high deductibles and lots of exclusions)! We were finally able to get onto another plan this year. Our coverage is better, but not great, and it's still ridiculously expensive. But we'll take it, because it scares the heck out of us to be with no health insurance at all.

  5. My sister had the same case as yours. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 18. I’ve witnessed how she managed to get this far after 6 years since her diagnosis. She takes insulin shots every day, or else she’ll become hypoglycemic. Through my sister, I can certainly say that people with diabetes badly need health insurance. Medicines and maintenance are already a part of their daily life. That’s how it is. And they need financial aid to cover them. Anyway, just maintain a healthy diet, Meagan. Diabetes is actually a manageable disease; my sister’s doctor said so.

    - Gonzalo Pacheco

  6. With a chronic disease like diabetes, one cannot (and shouldn't) afford to lose his or her insurance. It is, indeed, a moment that can scare anybody. And even though medication is eating up a lot of your finances, it’s still a good thing you have health benefits to support you along the way. This should inspire and remind your readers of why a health insurance is important.

    Elnora Cowger