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A new report shows adults living with a disability face delays in access to care. Advocates say it doesn’t have to be this way.

Black women face inequities in health care often (Getty Images).

Sanieqwa Wilson has lived with Type 1 diabetes since she was 11. One of the challenges she has faced is getting an insulin pump. She first requested it when she was 25. Now, at 40, the Columbus, Ohio, resident finally got a new endocrinologist who approved it two months ago.  

It took 15 years. 

Part of the problem was the constant switch in doctors, Wilson says. Every few months or years, she was assigned a new endocrinologist. But it’s not just diabetes that she has to worry about.  

In June 2017, she had a heart attack. 10 months later, on March 31, 2018, she had a sudden cardiac arrest — which subsequently left her in a coma for eight days. Wilson also lives with kidney disease and congestive heart failure. 

“I have a lot of anxiety with my diabetes … it’s extremely traumatic,” she says. “I have PTSD from the sudden cardiac arrest.” 

Adults like Wilson who live with a disability report higher rates of delayed access to medical equipment and supplies than adults without a disability, a new Urban Institute report finds. This contributes to worsening health outcomes, chronic pain, and mental health issues.  

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