Excerpted from Capitol Weekly
Managing autoimmune arthritis that causes painful, swollen joints and daily fatigue is almost like having a full-time job. The medication I need to prevent further joint damage also suppresses my immune system, which means running through PTO (paid time off) for sick days instead of fun days. Regardless, biologic medications allow me to function and keep my hands from swelling like balloons. Living with chronic illness is taxing enough without having to decode insurance hurdles to receive these life-altering medications.
I incorrectly thought that moving from New Jersey to California would alleviate some of my struggles, but this year I ran face-first into one of those insurance hurdles.