I have had Type 1 diabetes since October 2000. I was 16 years old when I was diagnosed. Throughout my time with diabetes I have went into a complication called diabetic ketoacidosis which is when the sugar in your blood stream turns into acid. Each time I have spent at least 12 hours in ICU. The last two times that I have had this happen (April 2007 and July 2007) I did not have insurance and am stilling paying for them. I have assistance for my insulins but they do not have assistance for supplies. There are few and most of them are for children only or they are not a legitamate agency that helps. Utah only offers high risk insurance for those who have diabetes or bipolar disorder and I have both of them. Its too expensive and does not cover hardly anything that I need. What I’m trying to say is I’m trying to get awareness out for those who have diabetes and limited resources to pay for their treatments. There are people in this world that have severe conditions and are not covered by health insurance. These hospitals claim that they give financial assistance but then send your bill to the Attorney General of the Hosptial which has happened to me even though I have a signed contract with the hospital stating I have a payment plan with them.
Everything in bold is what I wrote to Oprah in the entry. I don’t feel that it is right that she is not the one looking at these. According the entry it is the producer that looks at them and not her. They decide if it is important or not. I think this is something that should have been looked at years ago but no one has. Another show that would be good to have is the Montel Williams show. He is another good one for things like this. I’m afraid with shows like Maury that since he tends to focus on “Who’s your baby’s daddy” shows if you want to call them that, it might get the attention like on the Oprah or the Montel show.
This is how I feel about the hospitals in Utah and how they treat their patients with no insurance and the fact that there are a lot of us that don’t have insurance but if we do have insurance it does not cover much or is too expensive to afford on the paying jobs that are out there. I don’t usually talk a lot about my situation but I am running into two problems here in Utah. The fact that hospitals’ financial assistance programs are not as good as they claim to be and the only insurance that will take diabetes or people with bipolar disorder is the high risk insurance. My husband’s insurance that he will get in 30 days doesn’t cover pre-existing conditions for 1 year. And hardly covers anything at all. They will only cover to so much for insulin and everyone here knows how much insulin you go through. They also probably will not cover the insulin pump which my doctor is so greatly pushing for. I can’t afford to pay out of pocket for supplies for it though.
Yes you found a subject that I get on a roll about more than once. I’m cross-posting this to my livejournal account at http://dark-khaos-fae.livejournal.com.