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Insulin prices have tripled over the past decade. Diabetics like me are now being forced to choose between paying for groceries or our medication.

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At 15, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes . That was 21 years ago, when a vial of insulin cost $25. Today, that same vial can cost up to $600.

Without health insurance, supplies to treat my diabetes would cost more than $1200 a month. If I had to pay that out of pocket each month, I would end up rationing my insulin and potentially dying from this disease, a fate many people have succumbed to.

I was born and raised in Helena, Montana where I still live with my husband and stepson. I work at the Department of Corrections and receive incredible insurance through the state. This coverage makes the cost of my health care manageable, but that hasn't always been the case.

Back when I was first diagnosed, the technology to monitor your blood sugar level was not as advanced as it is today. As a result, my eyesight worsened. Diabetics go through vision changes and problems —--........

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