Lauren is an independent health insurance broker based out of Colorado Springs. Licensed in Colorado, Texas, and Wyoming. she provides personalized health insurance plans which meet the personal and financial needs of individuals, families, and small businesses. Her goal is to make sure people are properly covered with their health plans and fully understand their policies. “I am always here to answer questions or find out the answers to questions I may not initially know how to respond to.”
I grew up in a military family as the daughter of a colonel in the U.S. Special Forces. My parents, two older sisters, and I moved around a lot while I was growing up. I have lived in North Carolina, Texas, California, Kansas, Virginia, Tennessee, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), South Dakota, and Colorado. Colorado is what feels the most like home because I’ve spent the most amount of time here and didn’t grow up in one state.
My parents split around 2012 and officially divorced in 2016. Alcoholism and addiction run in my family. I mention this because everyone is a person first. Before anything else, I am human. Everyone we meet has their own internal battles that we may not see, and I try to always keep that in mind when having a conversation or an interaction, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. When I was about 8-10 years old, my brother-in-law took me to run errands with him. On this day, he taught me something that has been ingrained into my daily habits: Compliment at least one person everywhere you go. It could completely change the course of that person’s day, shift their mood, and help them in ways you could never imagine.
“I could go on and on and on about my personal beliefs and philosophies about a plethora of things, but I will leave you with this: “While it is always best to believe in oneself, a little help from others can be a great blessing.”
– Uncle Iroh, Avatar the Last Airbender
I lived in South Dakota for 9 months and while I was there, I served as a direct care provider in the state mental hospital. At this hospital, we were not permitted to turn down any patients. This meant we received all of the “overflow” patients that the jails and other hospitals and mental facilities wouldn’t accept. I came to a deeper understanding of what it means to be mentally ill, and what it means to be human. I came to an understanding of how important empathy and being nonjudgmental is — and how effective that can be in treatment! But I also saw how difficult it could be for people to receive proper treatment, diagnoses, and medications due to health insurance issues. If people could not pay, they were often left to their own devices. This broke my heart to see. I want to make sure that no one I work with is left without coverage for things that they truly need, whether that is mental health care, maternity coverage, surgical coverage, long term care, or something else.