A woman whose son died because he couldn’t afford sufficient insulin says she’ll be at the State Capitol in 2019, lobbying lawmakers to address the high cost of a drug that’s essential for those with diabetes. Nicole Smith-Holt says, “It’s not a Democrat/Republican situation. I think that… anybody with a heart still pumping can understand that this is a crisis, that we need to make changes.” Smith-Holt says her 25-year-old son Alec couldn’t afford 13-hundred dollars for insulin and supplies. She says to get health insurance, it would have cost him 450 dollars a month with a 76-hundred-dollar deductible.
“I’m not gonna stop telling my story,” says Smith-Holt. “It’s an important story. It has the potential to save other lives. We need to make some drastic changes.”