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In this episode, we talk with Jessica, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 29. Because health insurance isn’t often available in the field of massage therapy, a job she’s passionate about, she’d on Medicaid. Jess talks frankly about a number of issues, from dealing with harsh judgments about her reliance on Medicaid to the impact of T1D on dating. She also talks about what has changed since being on Medicaid: “I used to have to think about getting a box of Apidra, and that’s going to be fifty bucks. And test strips are another fifty bucks. So I’m going to have to either spend a hundred dollars at the pharmacy or I can buy groceries this week. It gets scary, you know, when you have to really choose between food and your medication that you kind of need the food to have with the medication and it’s just a gigantic terrible cycle.”