Are any of you on DISABILITY due to diabetes?

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2011-09-06 16:55:05 -0500
Started 2011-09-05 17:05:39 -0500

I have just been placed on insulin. I was diagnosed with type 2 in 1985. The cost of the insulin is over the top…I do not have insurance. I have a job…there is not an easy solution to pay for my meds. I will have to be without. What is an option? Because I work, i do not qualify for reduced programs. Do I quit my job????

4 replies

realsis77 2011-09-06 16:55:05 -0500 Report

Hi. My heart goes out to you! As I understand it diasbility is awarded due to a number of medical conditions. I tend to believe this because I AM on SSI disability. I thank God every day for it because I would not be able to receive my medication otherwise! I have a spinal fusion, I am a coma surviver and have many problems from that, I have lung disease,I have depression, I have brain damage from coma. So I have MANY conditions that are treated now. And of course my diabetes. These conditions are all confirmed by a doctor and they send you to there OWN doctors to be examined. I am not sure diabetes ALONE, is cause for a disability. I believe depression alone is but not diabetes. And EVERYTHING MUST be documented by a doctor in order for them to look at your claim. Also, I believe it must be something you have suffered quite a while from? With lots of documentation from your doctors. If your ill and feel you can no longer work speak to your doctor about it and if he confirms you can not work, have him help you fill out your ssi forms. I believe he MUST sign a paper stating why you can no longer work. Its quite a process but if your ill and can't work, don't give up! After the paper work they will send you to their own doctor for eveluation, if that doctor agrees then your case is granted. I truely wish you the very best and pray that you can get help paying for your medication. I also pray you will receive your benifits if you can no longer work. God bless you!

ShellyLargent 2011-09-06 10:47:30 -0500 Report

I get my insulin from Walmart. I have insurance, but it sucks. They only cover 20% of my perscription costs. I use Humulin Regular and NPH from ReliOn. Cost is only $24.88 a bottle, full price. ReliOn also makes glucose meters, strips, syringes and other diabetic supplies. I don't know what you consider "over the top" in price, but compared to some of the other insulins out there, this is the cheapest price I have found, anywhere. ReliOn's insulin products are made by Eli Lilly, so the quality is great. I've not had any problems with the insulin. I went from over $800 a month for my diabetic and heart medications to just shy of $120 by switching all my medicines over to Walmart. I take generic versions of my heart meds now for $4 a presrciption. Don't be afraid or ashamed to tell your doctor that you can't afford ANY medication that he prescribes for you and ALWAYS ask for generic versions, if they're available.

margokittycat 2011-09-05 18:50:49 -0500 Report

What type of insulin are you on? If it is a Lilly brand insulin they have a patient assist program I can give you the information on it if you want. I do not know if any of the other companys have that but most of the patient assist program have insulins that they can get you for ruduced cost, just watch what company you are choosing to go with.

Abby888 2011-09-05 18:12:32 -0500 Report

I am on disability through the state of NH. I had to quit my job because of all my medical problems (not just Diabetes). I am currently appealing my social security denial. Its hard to get medicine when you don't have insurance. Thankfully I qualified for Medicaid. I would talk to your doctor and see if they have any suggestions. Good luck