Gail

Gail

Gail Devore, a self-described problem solver, knows the consequences of not having access to comprehensive health care. As a person with Type 1 diabetes, she depends on many medical devices and medications like insulin, insulin pumps, a continuous glucose monitor and disposable pumping supplies just to survive. Without these devices, as she simply puts it, “I will die.” However, these medical supplies are expensive, and without health insurance Gail would not be able to afford her treatment. Many other Americans with diabetes face the same cost- prohibitive barrier that Gail describes, depending on Medicaid services to access life-saving care. Although insulin was identified as a treatment for diabetes almost a century ago, soaring costs for the drug in the United States in recent years are creating a serious hardship for many consumers who depend on it, forcing some to cut back on their prescribed dosage just to get through the month. Gail credits health insurance with her ability to access insulin and, ultimately, to live a healthy life with Type 1 diabetes, stating, “Without health insurance, I could not afford to be alive.”

Photo credit: Barry Guitierrez, courtesy of Colorado Consumer Health Initiative

Consumer Stories

The needs and experiences of health care consumers — particularly people in marginalized or low-income communities or with complex needs and significant disabilities — are the driving force of the Center’s work. Documenting and amplifying patients’ real-life health care situations, in their own words, is central to our ability to create a health care system that works for all of us. Click below for stories from some of the consumers we work with.