In 2012, I quit my corporate career to start my own business. Leaving that job to work on my dream also meant leaving my health insurance. I liked all my doctors and wanted to continue seeing them, so I applied for the same insurance with the same company I’d had for the previous nine years.
My application was denied almost instantly. During the course of my nine years of employment, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. Even though I was in remission and healthy–I’d completed a triathlon the prior year–my pre-existing condition was grounds for the company to tell me “you don’t belong here.”
That insurance company wasn’t the only one to deny me. To them, my differences were something they didn’t want to be bothered with. So they turned me away. Unable to pay the high cost of my medications without insurance, I eventually was no