How to pay for insulin

By sjkrn55 Latest Reply 2013-11-14 19:47:20 -0600
Started 2011-10-12 19:48:17 -0500

I am a disabled person who will not be eligible for Medicare until 2/1/2012. I have had Medicaid for years because I am a single parent of two dependent teenagers. The first week of this past September I was notified that I am now on Medicaid "Spenddown", which means that I am expected to pay 69.3% of my income on medical expenses before I will be covered for anything! Basically that means I have no health care coverage of any kind until 2/1/2012! I will run out of insulin next week, and have no way to pay for my monthly prescription! Does anybody know of anyone or any organization that can help me?

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cptwentworth 2013-11-14 19:47:20 -0600 Report

You can try, or They have patient assistance programs for free or low cost medicine. I'm going through the same issue for my 11-year-old daughter.

dietcherry 2012-01-10 20:10:21 -0600 Report

I guess you got the insulin you needed??

sjkrn55 2012-01-12 13:09:03 -0600 Report

I ended up being without insulin for 13 days…my daughter finally took me to the hospital when I was not normally responsive to simple stimuli…ER doc says I was about 12 hours away from slipping into diabetic ketoacidosis! I was hospitalized x 3 days while they worked very hard to get my diabetes stabilized. I left the hospital with an unpaid bill, 1 vial of insulin, and 2 coupons from Lilly (manufacturers of my insulin) for 2 free vials, then applied for asst from "Lilly Cares", a program that will provide free insulin, one month at a time for up to 4 months to people who qualify. I patiently waited the 4 weeks they said it takes to process the application, and when I called they claimed they never received my application, even though it was faxed from my Drs office. I had to reapply, and even though I was approved for "expidited processing", I am still waiting! I am at 9 days without insulin, and will probably be back in the hospital by the weekend! I have done everything I can and asked anybody and everybody for help, but it is just too hard! I am tired of fighting for basics and essentials, and being pitied but ignored, and if I didn't have 2 kids depending on me, I would not be here anymore!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-15 02:22:05 -0500 Report

I know when my mom needed help the Red Cross gave her testing supplies and insulin. I would check there and if you have a health dept. They do a lot of things for people on a sliding scale. It would be worth a call. Good Luck. Keep the Faith. God Bless.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-10-12 20:06:25 -0500 Report

I feel very sorry for for what you are facing, you might try your local United Way, Salvation Army, or write to the maker of your insulin they might help you, don't give up!!

sjkrn55 2011-10-12 20:13:54 -0500 Report

Thank you for your suggestions and support! If you are a Christian person, I will ask for your prayers as well!

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