Posted on: February 24, 2020

Jamie’s Story



When Jamie was 24, she found out she was diabetic.

The news sent her into a panic. Jamie knew she couldn’t afford the out-of-pocket costs for insulin. She also suffered from other ailments related to diabetes, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The medications she would need every month were in the thousands of dollars.

The job she had at the time of her diagnosis paid minimum wage and didn’t provide health care. Jamie was scared and didn’t know where to turn for help.

Fortunately, her doctor got her in touch with the financial advisor at the hospital, who helped Jamie apply for Washington Apple Health (Medicaid). She wasn’t sure she would qualify, and was relieved when she found out she was eligible for free or low-cost health care coverage.

Apple Health (Medicaid) lifted the financial burden off of Jamie’s shoulders and provided her with the care team she needed to manage her diabetes. Jamie is now 30 and no longer has to worry about how she can afford her next insulin pen.