My name is Lottie Lilley-Coles and I am a 57-year-old resident of Montclair, CA. I live with my lovely wife and most enjoy spending time with her and enjoying each other’s company.
I am a diabetic and have to watch my A1C levels constantly. My wife and I have insurance that helps to cover most of our high cost medications, including Lantus and Humalog. This insurance leaves us with a $20 co-pay, which is manageable for us at this time. I have been able to keep my A1C down to 6.9 because of the Lantus and Humalog, and I know that without it I would likely go into diabetic ketoacidosis.
“This is a life or death matter, and patients deserve better.”
- Lottie Lilley-Coles
But I fear for the future. I’m on quite a few different medications and am on a fixed income. It makes me worry like crazy to hear that others have insulin costs in the hundreds. I know that I am not exempt from changes to my future insurance, and worry that my co-pay will increase. If the cost for my insulin increased, I wouldn’t be able to afford it… so I wouldn’t be able to eat. I’d have to watch my diet carefully and pray that I get the right combination of nutrients.
I worry for my future, but I worry for others in worse situations than mine as well. There are diabetes patients who are having to ration their insulin, and they should not have to do that. This is a life or death matter, and patients deserve better.