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Forced to ration insulin, young diabetic struggling without insurance

Tennesseans struggling with medical debt
Posted at 5:16 PM, Sep 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 17:50:12-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The last year has been hell for 23-year-old Landon Johnson, his family can't afford running water right now and without health insurance this Type I diabetic is being forced to ration insulin.

Sitting inside his dad's mobile home in Old Hickory, Landon is overcome with emotion as he looks at the piles of medical bills which have piled up over the last few months.

He estimates he owes more than $30,000.

"I just feel like I'm going to die before I'm 30. I can't afford insulin, so what do you do at this point?" he says sitting on a worn down couch in the middle this mobile home where the air conditioning barely works.

Up until last year Landon was covered under TennCare, the state's version of Medicare.

"I've been in the hospital over 10 times this year and morally it just kills me that I can't take care of myself," he added.

Landon isn't alone in his struggle. There are more than 300,000 Tennesseans stuck in the state's coverage gap who can't get health coverage.

A GoFund Me has been setup to help Landon.