Alec Raeshawn Smith was on his parents’ health insurance plan until he turned 26 last spring.
Smith had aged out of it, and he became uninsured. He tried rationing his insulin medication, because, as his mother later told the Star Tribune, he couldn’t afford his own insurance and couldn’t cover the $1,300 insulin refill. He didn’t tell anyone of his struggle, the newspaper reported.
A little more than a month after his birthday, Smith died alone in his apartment. In lieu of flowers, family members asked that donations be given to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. An obituary said he had been studying to become a paramedic.