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Faith & Health: 'When People Are Hungry, We Feed Them. When People Are Struggling, We Journey With Them.'

Faith & Health: 'When People Are Hungry, We Feed Them. When People Are Struggling, We Journey With Them.'

Rev. Kirk Perucca is the Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church, a multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi-economic congregation in Kansas City.

He spoke with KBIA’s Levi Moltz-Hohmann about how his church has remained a resource for his community throughout the past year of the COVID-19 pandemic – and about how faith and health overlap.

This piece was reported and produced by Levi Moltz-Hohmann.

'If Every Other Year is a Struggle to Get Insulin, What is My Quality of Life?'

'If Every Other Year is a Struggle to Get Insulin, What is My Quality of Life?'

Hattie Saltzman Milota and her dad, Russell Saltzman both live in the Kansas City metro area. They both have Type 1 diabetes, and since 2017, they’ve noticed a steep increase in the price of insulin – a drug they need to live.

They spoke about how these costs once kept Hattie from buying her own insulin for an entire year – and while she now has insurance that makes it affordable, how the cost of the drug is still a constant point of stress.

Both Hattie and Russell reference "Walmart Insulin." You can read more about buying insulin without a prescription in the 2015 NPR story "You Can Buy Insulin Without A Prescription, But Should You?"

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