Diabetic with no insurance

Anita Toner
By Anita Toner Latest Reply 2011-04-06 20:00:59 -0500
Started 2011-04-05 10:33:03 -0500

My question and topic for this discussion is what do you do when you lose your job or your job does not offer insurance and your type 2 diabetic insulin dependent and cant afford your medication. What then Governor Jan Brewer, you telling me I need to be fined $50.00 cause I have no medication and end up in the hospital? Am I suppose to just say the heck with it and crawl in a corner and die? What am I and other Americans who's forefathers fought for this country to do? If I was an illegal immigrant I can get medicaid in the state of Nevada but because I'm an american citizen born in this country with a pre-existing condition like diabetes I 'm basically screwed. Any suggestions?

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Erin P
Erin P 2011-04-06 20:00:59 -0500 Report

Hi Anita, my name is Erin, I'm a type one diabetic and have been without insurance for a very long time with the exception of 3 months. I had to look into the companies that make my insulins, which have an assistance program. It's been a god send for us! My only down fall is the syringes and the test strips. I found a meter that walmart makes called reli-on. I love it, 100 test strips are $40.00. The syringes I use are relio-on too and are $12.50. There is a website called needymeds.com but if u go to the website of the makers of ur meds u should hopefully find an assistance program. The only down fall is the can't be sent to ur home, they are sent to the doctors office.
I agree that u shouldn't be fined for not having insurance and what health problems u have. It's total crap! I hope this helps u. I had to find all this out on my own but I'm happy to pass along for other diabetics. I even checked into assistance for the pump but I couldn't afford the monthly payments and it didn't seem like any assistance. I wish u luck, I'm here if u want to talk about the ups and downs of not having insurance, believe me I know!

Nova69 2011-04-05 20:59:29 -0500 Report

Hi Anita,

I feel very badly for you. If you Google "Nevada free healthcare" you can find some possibilities. I did this and found some. One seems to be pretty good, but you have to reside in Clark County. There are a number of other possibilities, too. If nothing else, maybe you can get a lead on where to continue your search. You might also look for the Sanofi-adventis Patient Assistance Foundation - US Patient Assistance Program at (800) 221-4025. Good luck to you, no one should be without some type of health coverage.

Hope this helps.

Harlen 2011-04-05 13:05:49 -0500 Report

The Goverment is not here to help you it is here to make money off you and if you dont pay off then what good are you ?????
I have known this for a long time .
A lot of us look out for each other and till times chainge thats just the way it is.
Menny think that D is you falt and if you lived better you would not have it .
We all know that this is not true but if the Gov things it will make money off us it will do so .
I will stop now ,I can go on and on lol
If there is something you need let me know
Best wishes

DonHenault 2011-04-05 12:59:00 -0500 Report

I do not have insurance either. I reached out to pharm. Companies and found there were a lot of program that peas able to become a part. The company that makes my testing supplies put me on a plan where my supplies are less than 50 a month. I was also to get my metaforin for free in 30 day supply amount form my pharmacy. My doctor is also working me to fund additional programs. It sucks not having Heath insurance but I am trying to make the best of it.

realsis77 2011-04-05 10:54:02 -0500 Report

Hi. Yes, I would go to my local health department and explain my situation and they should be able to direct you to different programs or clinics that can help you! Also if you have no income you should be able to go to The Department Of Human Services and they should be able to set you up with state funded medical insurance. I'm not sure what its called in your state but in california where I live its called medical. They should pay for all your medications if you meet the income requirement. If you exceed the income requirement then I would go to a low cost clinic. The do sliding scale cost depending on your income. Again if your income is low enough you can get your meds for free. Those are some options for you.also the department of health should know of these clinics. I wish you the very best! Pre existing conditions won't matter with these programs I've mentioned. You should be able to get the help you need with these options. You should still qualify for medicade UNLESS your income exceeds the requirements. That's what its based on. I hope I've helped you in some way! Please keep us posted on how your doing and if you have gotten enrolled in a program. Best of luck and I'm so sorrry this is happening to you! God bless.

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