I wouldn’t be unable to get out of bed.

My name is Chrystal Baird and I am a resident of Auburn, Washington. As a patient living with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and bipolar disorder, access to health care is important to me. Without my medication, I would not be able to do the things I love, like volunteering at my sister’s ceramic shop.

I take Pristiq to treat my bipolar disorder. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to function. I wouldn’t be unable to get out of bed, dress myself, or volunteer at the ceramics shop. Without this medication, I fear for my life.

In the past, the cost of my medication has skyrocketed. When I was between insurances, my sister had to help me pay for my medications because I’m on a fixed income on disability. She was forced to pay over $1,500 a month for my medication during that time.

Nobody should have to pay that price to maintain their mental health. I want to be able to get out of bed every day and live life to the fullest. If I weren’t able to afford my medication, my happiness would be taken away from me.

Medications must be more affordable for patients. Washingtonians deserve legislation that protects their health interests and their financial security.