My sister almost died because she couldn’t access treatment. She had insurance! But it used a loophole allowing coverage of prescriptions through refunds.
The up front cost of her meds was around $1000 MONTHLY.
You had to go to the insurance website and enter multiple long numbers for each prescription.
They frequently changed the layout of the page so you didn’t know which number went where.
1. Have some way of paying $1000+ up front every month.
2. Have routine access to a computer.
3. Have the capability to navigate a complex system designed to keep you from succeeding.
If she were on her own, as so many people with mental illnesses are, she would have died. My baby sister, the love of my life, would have died of corporate greed.
I went to battle for her every month so she could access life-saving treatment.
She was going to have to fight this battle and beg for treatment every month for the rest of her life.
The mere thought was enough to give up trying.
The hero, Medicaid, saved her.
She can get her medication now without having to jump through hoops intended to shame you for not being able to do it. She doesn’t live or die by the decision of an insurance company.
It saved her from a predatory health care system that was trying its hardest to make her believe she didn’t deserve health care so she would give up trying.
That’s the same Medicaid you keep trying to destroy.
You. Do. Not. Care. About. Mental. Health.
So don’t you DARE play that card and act like you’ve done something good.
Do not confuse that with your greedy defense of pharmaceutical companies that lead to my sister almost dying.
They’re both your fault, but they’re two separate things.