Cost of medication an important issue

I think this is an issue that is important to many people in Alaska: the cost of medication or no medication.

I am a 41 year old disabled single mother of a 16 year old daughter. I had a horrific motor vehicle accident, and was hit by a drunk driver. This was in 1993. It left me with a severe brain injury, and many broken bones. I lay in the hospital for 3 months, all because "D.T" decided to drive drunk. He got eleven months, and I got life. I had a trach for almost 7 years, and I deal with daily headaches and a body filled with pain everyday, 24/7, 365 days a year.

Saying all that, there are a lot of meds that I must take daily. My insurance is Medicaid, and its worked pretty good for a lot of years. Now, however, they're cutting out many of the medicines that people desperatly need. Cancer patients, AIDS patients, chronic pain patients, and so forth. I fought for 2 years to get medicine that previously worked for me, the only one that worked.

So if your income is low enough that your on Medicaid in the first place, then how are we expected to pay full price for meds we've used for years. It's putting people through uneccesary illness and pain. Some of these people, a number I'm sure, contemplate suicide without the proper meds. Not just for pain management, but for arthritis, cancer, diabetes, AIDS, terminal illness...

If this was your mother, sister, auntie, friend, or daughter, would you like it if they were in this situation.

Please write letters, talk to your doctor, and spread the word. Low income families should not mean we have to live a quality of life that turns out to be a long, painful life, without enjoying your grandbabies, etc.

Remember ... medicines are ment to help, not harm.

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