For Michelle Grosskreuz, the choice came down to her home or her health.
The moving van comes next week.
She has lost her condominium in St. Francis to mortgage foreclosure, in part because of the rising cost of the medications she takes for rheumatoid arthritis that has ravaged multiple joints in her body since she was 2 years old. She is 38 now.
Paradoxically, what she wants you to know is that she’s among the lucky ones. She has insurance that helps cover the cost of the drugs.
“There are so many others out there who have higher deductibles and out-of-pocket costs where these biologic medications, whether it’s for arthritis, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, organ transplant, etc., take allof their extra money,” she said.
Or patients decide they cannot afford the specialty prescriptions and they go without, often leading to more health problems and costs down the road.