Insurance

Since I was diagnosed with T1D in 2002, I’ve moved five times across three states and switched insurance seven times. Needless to say, I know a thing or two about changing insurance and navigating new benefits. While managing T1D is hard enough without having to worry about the headaches that come with dealing with insurance, there are a few tips and tricks you should know about this process to make it as painless as possible.    There are many different types of insurance coverage, each with… Read more
As soon as I got the call from College Diabetes Network telling me that I had been selected for the position of Program Assistant in April 2019, my first response was, of course, yes! I’m so excited!   After I hung up, my second thought was about insurance. I immediately Googled whether or not my parents’ insurance provider would still cover me when I would make the move from Baltimore to Boston. My heart sank a little when I realized that there were no Kaiser Permanente (my parents’ insurer)… Read more
Don’t get me wrong, turning 26 was exciting. I was starting med school full time and moving to New York City - but when you have a chronic health condition, turning 26 is also the dreaded age that you get kicked off of your parents’ health insurance plan. As I prepared for this transition to new insurance, my first step was to look into insurance through my school because I know a lot of undergrad programs offer student insurance. To my dismay, my school didn’t offer student insurance and I was… Read more
For non-diabetics, a huge milestone on the path to adulthood is calling to make your own doctor’s appointment. For type 1 diabetics, that milestone is calling your health insurance company to battle for coverage of your life-saving care.  Being a T1D for my entire adult life, I have had the unfortunate experience of navigating student health insurance plans. While daunting at first, years of practice have taught me crucial skills to win these battles for the healthcare I need as a T1D. So how… Read more
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