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Losing my job and trying to stay alive

By: kathy Kope

I lost my job back in 2010 after 28 years in Education. I never thought much about not having insurance until 2010, I had all ways had it. I am a diabetic who uses insulin, among other drugs to stay alive. I was able to get AHCCCS for a year and half because I couldn't find a jog. I then got a part time job in August of 2012 and I was not able to receive AHCCCS anymore because I made "too much". Really? Working part time with no insurance, I made too much. Shameful. Right now I have to go to a clinic, I would LOVE to get back to my doctor, but I can't because I can't afford the office visit since I have to pay $150.00 a month just for insulin. There is no generic. I also take 6 other drugs for high blood pressure and diabetes and everything else that comes with those conditions. I would be willing to pay a monthly fee to be able to get insurance, but those run $300-$400 a month. So now a days I do whatever I have to, to stay alive. Like the commercial where the older lady says "do I buy groceries, or do I buy my medications", or" I take my medications every other day." I do both. I pray every day that nothing happens where I have to go to the hospital, or that nothing major health wise happens. I never would be able to afford it. I have spent over 30 years in education and have worked 3 jobs at a time, and now I can't get insurance. I am one of the working poor. Please vote YES and help to save a life of a 4th generation Arizonian. Kathy Kope

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