looking for help - no insurance, need meds

By Kehi7 Latest Reply 2015-02-10 19:33:02 -0600
Started 2011-07-09 10:54:36 -0500

I'm type 1 diabetic, went to my doctor yesterday and found out my A1C test was 13.4, which is very bad. I'm out of a job, and have no health insurance. I told the doctor that I'm using expired insulin (again, very bad), and she didn't have any samples to give me, and I dont have enough money to pick up a prescription for new insulin.
Does anyone have any tips/advice for me? does any pharmacy sell insulin that doesnt require a prescription at a low price that could help me out until I get back on my feet?

I currently use novolog and levemir insulin. and live in Missouri, if it helps. I'm struggling right now and reaching out to you guys for answers and help. Thanks for any responses.

78 replies

mustangpeg 2014-04-02 15:08:16 -0500 Report

My heart goes out to you. I have been there and it is so stressful and no fun. Thank goodness I have wonderful insurance now, as I'm going on pump in a few months but wasn't always the case. If I lived closer to you, I would give you some of my Levemir. There are so good advice given here and some bad comments. Just ignore the bad ones and go to the manufacturer's website and fill out the application for emergency insulin. They will help you… Do it right away. You cannot live without insulin and a job doesn't do you any good if you're dead…I know things seems hopeless now, but they will get better. Everyone here will support you and be there for you… I didn't have insurance when I was first diagnosed and the Dr's treat you different and the prices are different. They miss diagnosed me as a type 2, so I wasn't on insulin but I struggled just to pay for meds… I know I probably damaged my own heath but it was either food to eat or meds. After 3 years of being told I was a type 2, I am now a type 1 and my body produces NO insulin… I am still afraid that what if loose job and don't have insurance, how would I buy insulin? Scary because for a 90 day supply, it's $650.00 without insurance. Who can pay that. Something needs to be done about the outrageous cost of diabetes medication, including insulin… I will keep you in my thoughts and hope you get help… Reach out, it is out there… Good luck and hang in there…

cole1230 2013-11-29 13:32:09 -0600 Report

some walmarts in some states offer insulin without a script for a low cost about $25.00 a vial. Or try your family doctor for samples or a diabetic dr.

piksaki 2013-11-10 11:41:37 -0600 Report

I have been out of work since April and I worked in the medical field. I have found that with levemir novo nordisk has patient assistance program and here is their link http://novonordisk-us.com/documents/section_f... to fill out their application make a copy for the doctor with a stamped enevelop to help speed it getting to the manufacturer. It took me about a month to receive the insulin they provide three months at a time. Also send them a copy of your unemployment letter along with your last years taxes and explain to them that you are out of work. I had to follow up with them with a few calls.

I also take humalin and that is a lilly product and they too have a patient assistant program that works well as well. They were much easier to work with and faster as well. I hope that has helped. I still struggle to find work.

gospel1034 2013-11-08 13:17:32 -0600 Report

The concern here is not about him getting a job, because I'm sure he's doing that. The concern is about him living to see another day, and he needs insulin for that. Whether he has a job or not. Type 1 diabetics, we need our insulin to live. The concern is for him to live, not get a job. While he's gets a job or not he still has to have insulin to live. Stop being rude pilot535. Let's say he gets a job, you do know that insurance doesn't kick in at some jobs until 90 days right? So how is he suppose last that 90 days given that he doesn't have insulin. Give me a break, my friend try maybe the local medical offices, pharmacies, maybe they have some. Cause yeah without insurance insulin is through the roof. We need it to live. Or just take heed to all these nice people on here and don't worry about bitter people who are upset about the president. I hope you are able to find some help.

billingsj762@gmail 2013-10-04 19:10:21 -0500 Report

Hi. i feel your pain im type2.lost my insurance last year.i been with out my meds 4 about 1 month now my problem is I dont have no one 2 write my prescription anymore.cant afford a doctor.i can afford the meds cause its only 3 dollars.but I cant find no help either.so im praying in I will pray 4 u as well. call this number in they will send u a discount card. I have two mumber.1_877_584_1044.in the second num is.1_888_607_3001.trust me u will b only paying 3 dollars.i hope this will help u some .wish I could do more.keep your fate this to shall past.

lemkedoris@yahoo.com 2013-08-30 12:55:10 -0500 Report

so sorry you loss your job hope you get one soon I used the patient assistance program they are all over give them a try (( 866-310-7549 good luck you can ask them to send paper work to fill out with your doctor.

Nathan-Wayne 2013-02-25 17:23:23 -0600 Report

Contact each pharmacy company directly and they will send you a form to take to your doctor if your income is under a certain limit. They might even send your prescriptions to you at a very low cost. I don't know what state you live in, but I would apply for Medicaid.

Chrise70 2013-02-25 17:07:40 -0600 Report

I have insurance but it dont cover very much for meds only 50.00 a month and my insulin is almost 300.00 a month my Dr has been giving me samples because I cant afford it

pilot535 2013-02-25 10:41:13 -0600 Report

First, get a job. Second, since affordable health care is not a right but an option here in the U.S.A., it is important that you write to Pharmacy companies while looking for work and see what kind of temporary subsidy they have available. Remember diet and exercise is MOST important, both of which I am undisciplined, but I chose life over death or incapacitation. Strict adherence to a rigorous exercise program and a rigid diet can do almost as much as insulin supplements. Good luck to ya. Been there.

debbg 2014-11-09 03:03:45 -0600 Report

I work in the insurance industry. I see allot. diet and exercise is important for type 2, but obviously you are ignorant. my daughter got type 1 at 38 yrs old. type 1 is inherited disease, nothing she did to 'create' this! and she has a 'JOB' (just over broke) this new health care system is a joke, she is a single parent with two children, fathers pay sporadically (when they are punishing her for leaving them and their wages are garnisheed, don't get me started there). she was driving 1.5 to 2 hrs away to a job, she did have health insurance, but the drive was killing her, *stress) now she has better job, same hrly money, but no insurance. I think its harder to get type 1 as an adult, when you live you're whole life w/o this disease, then from no fault of your own you get this horrible disease. she's really having a hard time. now no insurance, cant afford the meds. I'm here hoping to find some information to help her. no insulin is not an option for her, no amount of diet or exercise is going to change her condition. she cleans houses on her days off, works some odd jobs, anything she can find, basically raising her kids and no days off, and no insurance, but no assistance cause she makes too much, etc. pilot535 you must be young, you are definitely ignorant to all this. in addition her daughter has an auto immune disorder, where her body is attacking itself. 9 yr old is on many meds, thank god she's still on her dad's military retirement health insurance. I've got to help my daughter find a way to get her meds, affordably! so pilot, she works her tail off night and day, and still cant hardly make it. she has active military past, BA degree, works in the orthodontic field (docs and dentists are the worse about supplying their employees w/health insurance, go figure) so pilot any brilliant suggestions you have for her?

Anonymous 2014-11-18 21:09:59 -0600 Report

I'm sorry to hear about your daughter. I hope things get better for her in the future. I don't think pilot535 was necessarily trying to be rude or insensitive, but I have found that exercise increases my body's sensitivity to insulin. Meaning you don't have to take as much. I have type 1 as well.

MatthewG 2014-11-18 21:09:13 -0600 Report

I'm sorry to hear about your daughter. I hope things get better for her in the future. I don't think pilot535 was necessarily trying to be rude or insensitive, but I have found that exercise increases my body's sensitivity to insulin. Meaning you don't have to take as much. I have type 1 as well.

MatthewG 2014-11-18 21:09:01 -0600 Report

I'm sorry to hear about your daughter. I hope things get better for her in the future. I don't think pilot535 was necessarily trying to be rude or insensitive, but I have found that exercise increases my body's sensitivity to insulin. Meaning you don't have to take as much. I have type 1 as well.

Anonymous 2014-11-18 21:08:56 -0600 Report

I'm sorry to hear about your daughter. I hope things get better for her in the future. I don't think pilot535 was necessarily trying to be rude or insensitive, but I have found that exercise increases my body's sensitivity to insulin. Meaning you don't have to take as much. I have type 1 as well.

Anonymous 2014-11-18 21:08:49 -0600 Report

I'm sorry to hear about your daughter. I hope things get better for her in the future. I don't think pilot535 was necessarily trying to be rude or insensitive, but I have found that exercise increases my body's sensitivity to insulin. Meaning you don't have to take as much. I have type 1 as well.

Anonymous 2014-11-18 21:08:44 -0600 Report

I'm sorry to hear about your daughter. I hope things get better for her in the future. I don't think pilot535 was necessarily trying to be rude or insensitive, but I have found that exercise increases my body's sensitivity to insulin. Meaning you don't have to take as much. I have type 1 as well.

Anonymous 2014-01-12 14:03:50 -0600 Report

I also understand pilot535 maybe in the middle of a complication which fogs how the posting is meant to be written.

Anonymous 2014-01-12 14:09:02 -0600 Report

I am 29 and have had type 1 diabetes since I was 11. I found out at age 12 that there is always an organization and team of doctors and pharmacist that will help. If any of you know families with children that have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes refer them to the summer camp in Kerrville, Texas sponsored by the Texas Lions Club.

Anonymous 2014-01-12 14:21:57 -0600 Report

Everyday I find a new and interesting way in managing my diabetes as part of my daily lifestyle.
My family totally did not understand diabetes when I was younger and just assumed I would not see my high school graduation.
I have learned to be my own advocate and voice how I have been able to access and continue to access resources in making the best of my diabetes. When I was younger, figuring out how and what could get my glucose levels to the target range was definately trial and error. Ever since I have reached my target, I am able to keep my glucose levels at the target level except now that I am out of insulin. I can assure you all I am doing what I can to get insulin because I want my glucose levels back at the target range.
I am also proud to say I graduated from high school, college and on an awesome journey to start a career and plan to see my son meet these milestones himself.

Anonymous 2014-01-12 12:34:56 -0600 Report

The fact that we all are reaching out through asking questions and communicating on this discussion forum is a step in bettering ourselves. A type 1 diabetics pancreas is no longer functioning on its own. The insulin we take acts as a pancreas because we all need the vital organ to survive. The insulin helps with blood flow which is important for the heart and brain. I have noticed that others have mentioned without insulin the most extreme complication is death. This fact is certainly true and is why we are attempting to get help in managing our diabetes. No one is complaining we are doing all we can with the realization that we have a chain of command to go through and can only get insulin as quick as a doctor, pharmacy and insurance company can provide the insulin.

Anonymous 2014-01-12 12:50:33 -0600 Report

I think pilot535 is thinking we are people that always expect others to provide things for free. There is a possibility pilot535 that if you were open to educationg yourself about type 1 diabetes you would know there is not one person on this forum that is freeloading.

Anonymous 2014-01-12 12:54:07 -0600 Report

This is not a matter of poverty. This is a matter of how to handle and overcome the given situation. It sounds to me that you have not necessarily been in the same situation as the rest of us, therefore, you are misunderstanding the purpose of the discussion forum.

Anonymous 2014-01-12 12:46:08 -0600 Report

Thank you everyone who has provided information on how to afford insulin until I am able to pay for insurance again. Every little bit of information helps. I am waiting to receive insulin from an assistance program. In the meantime, I am checking into getting insulin from a nonprofit organization of doctors and pharmacists supported by the local hospital.

Anonymous 2014-01-12 12:42:30 -0600 Report

Most people freak out when the word diabetes is heard. A diagnosis of diabetes just means we have to manually give our body assistance in functioning. Just because someone is diagnosed with diabetes does not mean we are going to stop living. People without diabetes should be living similar to people with diabetes anyways which is common sense for staying healthy.

Anonymous 2014-01-12 12:59:57 -0600 Report

To get an idea of what it is like without insulin is what I think would be similar to drowning in a pool except 100 times more terrifying, daggers poking my eyes and also like getting run over by a train.

Anonymous 2014-01-12 13:04:42 -0600 Report

Now can you get a snapshot of why we all need access to insulin preferably before we run out of the previous insulin. Remember that the last ten units in a vial of insulin is residue and will not do any good. All insulin only last for a month after being opened and then need to be thrown out. Again important key to remember so insulin can be accessed in plenty of time.

Anonymous 2013-10-06 15:59:02 -0500 Report

I think it is really rude to say get a job. It is not that easy to get a job and for all you know he may be disabled.

1typediabetic 2013-06-08 10:55:48 -0500 Report

I agree with Diabdad, you have no idea about the difference in type one and type two. You should figure it out before you post something like this. I am type 1 for 31 years and with out insurance just the insulin cost me over $300 every 20 days not to mention the pump supplies, test strips and other meds.

DiabDad 2013-03-07 14:27:50 -0600 Report

You have no idea about being a type 1 diabetic… You can exercise all you want and eat right and it doesn't change a thing. If you are type one and don't have the meds you die…

Lentyl 2013-02-25 17:38:41 -0600 Report

Your reply - "first get a job"" seems to be insensitive. Finding employment isn't easy these days.

pilot535 2013-02-25 21:21:30 -0600 Report

Not insensitive at all. If a person wants to work they can. "This economy," as bad as it is, always allows for someone wanting to work, to do so. Entitlements and subsidies are killing this nation. I can go on about my success story, three jobs, full time student, starting at the bottom and working my way up, etc., etc., and with medications that about kept me broke, but I expected nothing free from society and was determined to take responsibility for myself and my family. I know, you've heard it before, but I had no special advantage, and am tired of people complaining they're victims. Some people really do need help, but to give up if you are able, or blame the economy is a cop out. Today, I take two diabetes medication that have increased in cost 60%, and that take a huge bite out of our financial plan, but I do what I can and keep the faith.

jayabee52 2013-02-25 10:44:18 -0600 Report

Get a job! That is easier said than done in this economy!

pilot535 2013-02-25 21:28:13 -0600 Report

Jobs are out there if you're willing to work. If you are doing SOMETHING instead of sitting around acting like a victim, and people do fall on hard times, then you make a victim of yourself. If you do something, anything, then whatever subsidies are out there sometimes are needed. I live in a rather resource-poor state, but there are jobs out there. If you are above being productive by doing something menial, then I have little sympathy for you. If you are willing to trust in God and take whatever comes along and need assistance, then I admire you and have no problem that my tax dollars are going to help out. Anyone can pull themselves out of a bad situation if they TRY and are persistent.

gospel1034 2013-11-08 13:24:40 -0600 Report

So let me ask you a question pilot535, what is he suppose to do while he's waiting for the jobs to respond after he's applied? No one used the word victim, but you. you don't know him from a hill of beans, he could be the hardest working man on the planet, but was just released from a job and needs meds. So let's not be judgemental. Give information on where he can go to get insulin and stop complaining about the govenment, victims, and your success story as you say. Help others, don't look down on them. you brought up trusting in God, but Christ helped others. Calm down.

Jan8 2012-07-09 14:53:12 -0500 Report

I just saw on the back of a bus that there is help at Diabetes Partnership. It is specifically for people with diabetes who have no insurance. The phone number is either 2165980800or 216 5981800. I think you can probably go online and just type in Diabetes Partnership. Hope it helps.

fellabum 2012-05-30 20:46:36 -0500 Report

hi kevin, i myself don't have a job and i was on lantus, 300.00 monthly which i couldn't afford, and i found at walmart you can purchas humlin 70/30 insulin which is only 25.00 for a vile, it is not the right insulin for me right know, but i have to make do with what is available to me. hope you can get some and make it work for you good luck. chas

2004jeep 2011-07-20 08:59:48 -0500 Report

We are a free clinic,
I volunteer at a free clinic. we are open only on sundays. Here you can get what you need X-rays,gyn, bloodwork, see a Dr.

Dr.'s volunteer their time to the community to see peoples. They will help you with your med's and there are alot of ways( drug companys, stores, samples, Walmart meds 4.00's) we see alot of diabetics.
Don't give up, Look, Listen, Speak ,Call around to where volunteers in your area volunteer ask them? If they know of any, Call hospital's ask them, We are out here!!!!!

Check what's in your area, or Call the Dr's in your area or nearby area's. ' Google ' it.
If there isn't one your area go out of your county-line. There are free clinic's out there you may have to put the word out you're looking for one.

Call you local library ask them, call your local TV station ask if they can help find one, you would not believe what they will do to help someone in need??? if they say no go to someone else. Don't stop there, Be the voice that will get the word out . we want to help.

Peace, Good Luck Have a Bless Day,

ochibeachgirl 2011-07-13 10:15:43 -0500 Report

Apart from meds, you need to be careful about your diet. In the event of limited funds, eating well is a challenge. try to eat small meals several times each day rather than one big one, that really helps getting the A1c back to a lower level. i am struggling with mine too, so I understand. Mine is not a medication issue, but a diet issue. hang in there, and hope things will get better soon.

sue11542 2011-07-13 10:04:46 -0500 Report

Hi, Kevin. I know what you mean about no insurance and no job, I have only just gotten health insurance, first in over a year. I checked my state sites and found a really great price per month for insurance that is offered for the next 3 years through the state government under Mr. Obama's health bill. It is really great, not run by the government but by an individual ccompany. It is for those people with certain chronic conditions such as diabetes, COPD, R/A, etc. I don't know if it differs from state to state but you might want to look into it. If you can get it the great thing is that there is no copay on prescriptions, you get them mail order and you don't pay a penny for the generics. Give it a try and let me know . I will be interested to find out what the story in Missouri is. Good luck with trying, i will have my fingers and toes crossed for you and I'll keep you in my prayers.

pilot535 2013-02-25 21:38:16 -0600 Report

Congratulations on being so resourceful. Been there, and it can get pretty discouraging. Pelosi Care does not offer insurance, but requires you have it. There are indeed good companies out there that can offer fairly reasonable premiums and decent coverage. There is now a counterpart to AARP for us older folks that appears promising. I just had to change insurance, and the co-pay for my Levemir and Humalog has increased by 60% since there is no generic, but the Lord provides. The real solution is for insurance companies to compete across state lines to lower prices and policies.

Beadweaver 2011-07-11 11:59:44 -0500 Report

l too have no insurance. I go tol a clinic, Partnering for health. In our state, PA, we need to get a denial from welfare and show income tax returns. I have been going for years. I would probably bevery sick or dead by now if not for them. I got all the right tests. I found out I have Barretts disease, a polyp, and diabetes.
I hope you find one, they're great!
Oh, I forgot. They sign you up for all the free perscriptions from all the drug makers. I get all my meds for free and a couple I only pay $4.00 at my pharmacy.

roger b
roger b 2011-07-11 06:56:35 -0500 Report

I have a free drug card thar will give you up to 90% off on drugs let me know if you want it and I will send it to you.

berrykins0 2011-07-11 06:36:37 -0500 Report

does have a program called patients assistance program? when i lost my job and needed help they helped out. i have to fill about some paper work. but it was well worth it to give it a try. i was a new patient to this clinic. so if theres any program i would give it a try.hope this helps you out.

VaHermit 2011-07-10 18:54:40 -0500 Report

I appreciate your situation…Health Departments in some areas can help, Humulin R [Regular] and Humulin N [NPH] are sold over the counter without a Rx. Costly though between 45 and 65 dollars per vial. I would look at freemedicineprogram.org/media.html or www.scbn.org/

I also know most major drug companies have programs…http://www.pfizerhelpfulanswers.com and many more. good luck finding the help you deserve. my best to you

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-07-10 17:22:46 -0500 Report

I get all my medicines for free through the AstraZeneca patient assistance program & through Johnson & Johnson. My meds come in the mail.

pilot535 2013-02-25 10:50:56 -0600 Report

Since the government subisdies have nearly bankrupted America, assistance will be temporary and soon be unavailable . Health co-ops seem to be promising for those working yet still earning too little for the high cost of insulin. Levimer and Humilog have just gone up 60% since Pelosi Care went into effect. I have a good job and good insurance, and still struggle with the high cost of insulin. The best I know is to keep advocating for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and demand that insurance companies compete across state lines, and that co-ops and exchanges be further developed. Understandble that pharmaceutical research is expensive, and comapnies need to recoup their investments, but some of the drugs out there, like manufactured insulin, need not be out of reach for people struggling to stay alive.

birdlady41465 2011-07-10 16:57:22 -0500 Report

Have you tried your local health department? I know here in KY they help people with prescriptions. Also the welfare helps people or your local community action has programs you might be able to get help through.
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birdlady41465 2011-07-10 16:57:58 -0500 Report

Lilly Cares Free Insulin

This program ships out four month’s worth of insulin at a time, and the registration is good for a year at a time. This means only once a year where the patient will have to fill out the paperwork to apply. There are specific income requirements to this program, and the link will go straight to the sign up form. Medications that are available with the Lilly Cares Insulin Program are Glucagon for Injection,Humalog® (insulin lispro injection, [rDNA origin]) , Humalog® Mix50/50™ (50% insulin lispro protamine suspension, 50% insulin lispro injection [rDNA origin]), Humalog® Mix75/25™ (75% insulin lispro protamine suspension, 25% insulin lispro injection [rDNA origin]) , Humulin® 50/50 (50% human insulin isophane suspension, 50% human insulin injection [rDNA origin]) ,Humulin® 70/30 (70% human insulin isophane suspension, 30% human insulin injection [rDNA origin]) , Humulin N® (nph human insulin [rDNA origin] isophane suspension) , and Humulin R® (regular insulin human injection, USP [rDNA Origin]).
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Be patient and diligent, reading all the terms of service to the programs. Most of these require a low income and that you not already have insurance or be on a state funded program. The free humalog voucher is a little less stringent in the requirements and most will be able to apply for that one. Insulin and diabetes medications are very costly, thankfully there are those programs out there that can help.

birdlady41465 2011-07-10 17:00:50 -0500 Report

Prescription Drugs and Medical Supplies

Health care providers may be able to assist people who need help paying for their medicines and supplies by directing them to local programs or even providing free samples.

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Prescription drug coverage for those eligible for Medicare is available through Medicare's Prescription Drug Plans and many Medicare Advantage Plans. More information is available at the Medicare website at www.medicare.gov.

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birdlady41465 2011-07-10 17:01:41 -0500 Report

Health Insurance for Those Not Eligible for Medicare or Medicaid

People who are not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid may be able to purchase private health insurance. Many insurers consider diabetes that has already been diagnosed a pre-existing condition, so finding coverage may be difficult for people with diabetes. Insurance companies often have a specific waiting period during which they do not cover diabetes-related expenses for new enrollees, although they will cover other medical expenses that arise during this time.

Certain state and federal laws may help. Many states now require insurance companies to cover diabetes supplies and education. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), passed by Congress in 1996, limits insurance companies from denying coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Information about HIPAA is available at www.dol.gov/dol/topic/health-plans/portabilit....

More information about these laws is available from each state's insurance regulatory office. Some state offices may be called the state insurance department or commission. This office can also help identify an insurance company that offers individual coverage. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners' website, www.naic.org/state_web_map.htm Exit Disclaimer image, provides a membership list with contact information and a link to the website for each state's insurance regulatory office.

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Mistletoe 2011-07-10 23:29:48 -0500 Report

This past January my private health insurance went up $100 per month. I tried to find another insurance company but they said they do not take Diabetics (only checked one) but once declined I could apply for Acess (not correct abbrev.) but anyway it is a state health care program. Decided to stay with my current healthcare insurance, but with rising cost of other necessities, may have to go to Acess. Thank you so much for the info you have posted.

Shane Mac
Shane Mac 2011-07-10 01:25:22 -0500 Report

There are free organizations that supply discount drug cards , no question , no cost just sign up and they will send you a 75% discount card. Better than 0% HUH ? Below are the links.
Hope these help !
God bless. Shane

Here's one other I found - http://www.pparx.org/


Along with the 75% off you can use the $25 off saving card from Levemire web sight also.


Mistletoe 2011-07-09 23:15:45 -0500 Report

I also found a website for Levemir: www.levemir-us.com. It says if you need assistance with prescription drug costs, help may be available. Visit this website:
pparx.org or call 1-888-4PPA-NOW

Mistletoe 2011-07-09 23:02:55 -0500 Report

Just found a website for: Missouri Department of Social Services…just type in that title and it will bring the website up. Has Health Care section. Hope this will help.

MrsCDogg 2011-07-09 16:04:48 -0500 Report

Many of the drug companies will actually give you meds when you can't afford it yourself. Your doctor may have some information about that.

Ambrosestorm 2011-07-09 12:57:00 -0500 Report

I live in Tn and have no health insurance so I buy my insulin from Wal-Mart with no prescription. The insulin I'm on is $25 a bottle. Also if you have a health department they usually can help you with your meds.

fraejo 2011-07-09 11:41:11 -0500 Report

Hi Kehi7,
Sorry to hear about your predicament. I live in Virginia and unemployed and low income people can get free or greatly reduced meds. There's nothing like that in Missouri? Also, have you tried going through Social Services? They should be able to help but it can be time consuming. One last thought is The American Red Cross. They help with everything else, maybe they can help you or at least put you in touch with someone who can.

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-10 19:33:02 -0600 Report

You are all so wonderful, so encouraging, and helpful. It is so great to read all those post. right now I have insurance but one never knows what might happen tomorrow. Thank you all for such a good discussion. And for all the really good info.

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