Based in sunny California, Tara Adams is an Insurance Innovation Associate on The Pill Club’s Market Access team. A mom of three, Tara has turned to cooking with her kids to help pass time during the pandemic—and TikTok has become their go-to for finding new dinner recipes. Patient Care’s Jorge Vargas recently spoke with Tara about her days competing in dirt bike races, what she loves most about her job, and her favorite candy.
What are three facts about you that might surprise people?
I like to joke around a lot! My family actually banned me from April Fools’ day jokes because they started to get out of hand (that’s a story for another time).
I also used to compete in dirt bike races, which is a fact that surprises most people because I’m now a mom of three kids. I was actually pretty adventurous before having kids and probably took more risks than I should have. My mother would shudder if she ever found out about some of the things I tried when I was younger!
Tell us about your path that led to The Pill Club.
I’ve worked in health insurance and medical billing for fifteen years. Somewhat serendipitously, I was working at the front desk of a physical therapy office when the woman in charge of billing decided to retire. She trained me to take over her job, and I ended up falling in love with it. Not too many people get excited about handling billing and insurance claims, but I’ve always been a problem solver and love the challenge that comes with the job.
Before The Pill Club, I worked at a small handful of digital health and biotech startups so I was intrigued by the chance to continue working with early stage startups. Coincidentally, my former manager and mentor leads our Market Access team, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with him again. And of course the mission of The Pill Club personally resonates with me.
What do you feel is your greatest strength?
I like to fix things by nature, so I’m good at being able to come up with solutions to any kind of problem. This translates well to my line of work, where I spend a lot of time troubleshooting issues that arise with insurance. I’ve even been thinking of going back to school for a biomedical engineering degree to take it to the next level.
What motivates or inspires you professionally?
I love being surrounded by people who share a like-minded passion for achieving the same goals and working toward that together as a team.
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
If you have an important message to convey, you have to show the impact of what it is you need people to understand. State the problem, potential impact, and a way to work toward a solution. Putting things into this context is key.
If you could be a candy, which would you be and why?
I absolutely love candy. I would be a Pelon Pelo Rico. It looks spicy, which some people might find intimidating, but it’s full of sweet, tamarind goodness. Totally underrated in my opinion!