Allie Marotta turned 26 on Dec. 10 and aged out of her parents’ health insurance. For the first time in her life, she had no way to pay for the expensive insulin she needs to survive her Type 1 diabetes.
She’d been dreading the day for so long the dread has come to feel normal.
In anticipation, Marlotta had stockpiled a four-month supply of insulin. When that runs out, she said she‘ll go to Canada to buy affordable insulin if she hadn’t found a job with health benefits. Marotta paid $10 a prescription for insulin under her parents’ insurance, but now faces more than $3,000 in costs each month for her vials of insulin, syringes and blood sugar monitoring supplies.
“I’m not going to drop dead tomorrow,” said Marotta, who lives in Brooklyn and grew up in Patchogue and Bayport, where her parents still live. “But it’s preparation time for me now because I know what comes next.”
So on her birthday, she blew out candles at a celebration with friends, called 15 community health centers searching — so far in vain — for low-cost prescription insulin, and went to a meeting of Insulin4All, a group of activists lobbying for state laws to make insulin affordable for everyone.