Created: 01/09/2014 10:25 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Before the Affordable Care Act went into effect, a lot of people with pre-existing conditions had trouble getting coverage. One New Mexican says that was his problem exactly, but that the new law has changed things.
Twenty-eight year old Evan Webb learned he had diabetes ten years ago, making monthly prescriptions for two types of insulin a life-or-death necessity.
“I take one type that lasts four hours and I take that with meals and I take another type that lasts 24 hours kind of in the background, monitoring my blood sugar,” Webb said. “Each one, out of pocket, costs at least 300 dollars.”
The six hundred dollar cost was covered by his dad’s insurance until he was 23. After that, he tried to get approved by every health insurance provider he could find, but he says none would take him because of his condition. He scraped together money to buy medications each month. When he couldn’t, he ended up in the hospital.
“I was getting to the point where I was starting to feel hopeless and starting to feel like well, I guess I'm just gonna suffer until I slowly die,” Webb said.
Under the new law, that changed. Providers couldn’t say no just because of his diabetes. He’s now covered by United Healthcare, and this week he picked up his first prescription.
“I was expecting it to be less - one, maybe two hundred dollars. It came out to 35 dollars,” Webb said. “That was for the four hour one, the 24 hour one was 70 dollars.”
Webb says he can now, at 28 years old, finally buy a car and start saving money – and know he’ll be in a position to get the medications he needs for life.