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Local, National Media Feature UMKC Student’s Plight to Pay for Insulin

Hattie Saltzman is a University of Missouri-Kansas City student who is also a diabetic. Her story about the difficulty she’s had paying for the skyrocketing price of insulin, and the choices she had to make as a result, was first shared in an Aug. 6 special report by KCTV5, “Kansas City college student describes the copay that almost killed her.”

In the The Kansas City Star’s Aug. 13, 2018 article “Health care costs leave Missourians facing tough decisions. How can they be lowered?” Saltzman’s difficulty paying for her insulin was also featured in an article about high health care costs.

Since then, KCTV5’s news report is getting worldwide attention. The station is hearing from diabetics across the United States, Canada, Europe and people in South Africa and Australia. Most recently, the Today show interviewed Saltzman and her family about their story, which aired.


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