By CBS News
When Nicole Smith-Holt’s 26-year-old son died, he had just moved out of his parents’ home and was starting a life of his own.
“The hardest part is every time I tell the story, it’s like reality slaps me in my face that my son is no longer here,” Smith-Holt told CBS News correspondent Anna Werner.
Her son, Alec, was a Type 1 diabetic – someone who needs to take insulin every day to survive. But turning 26 meant his parents’ insurance would no longer cover the cost, shooting his monthly cost for insulin and supplies up to $1,300 per month, according to his mom.
“My son died because he could not afford his insulin,” she said.