Here is a interesting article from the American Diabetes Association website that is very interesting, as well as informative;
Ryan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 19. There is never a good time to be told you have this devastating disease, but for Ryan and his family, the news kept getting worse. Shortly after he was released from a week-long stay in the hospital, Ryan lost his health insurance when he was kicked off the family plan because of his age.
Ryan's mom called more than ten insurance companies to try to find coverage for her son. "As soon as we said 'type 1 diabetes,' they said 'We can't help you.'"
Unable to get health insurance, the family was forced to pay high prices for insulin and the other supplies needed to manage Ryan's diabetes. But all that changed last August, when portions of the new health reform law went into effect and required the family's insurance plan to cover Ryan until he turns 26.
One year ago today marked a historic moment for people like Ryan who live with diabetes: the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This landmark bill ends discrimination based on diabetes and other pre-existing conditions; provides affordable diabetes care and prevention; eliminates annual and lifetime limits on health insurance benefits; and establishes a significant program aimed at preventing type 2 diabetes.
For the nearly 26 million Americans living with diabetes and the 79 million who are at risk of developing diabetes, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a life-changing law.
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