Insulin

lostboy
By lostboy Latest Reply 2011-12-27 19:09:47 -0600
Started 2011-12-24 16:56:52 -0600

I have lost my job and no insurance. I need the new insulin they have given me. I Does anyone know were no income people can get what the need?

Thank You

Thomas


13 replies

havana18
havana18 2011-12-27 19:09:47 -0600 Report

the companies that make the insulin usually have patient assistance programs,,,i know,,i was helped by Lilly company for years and got my insulin free due tol low income and no insurance

bjwarren123
bjwarren123 2011-12-26 22:02:29 -0600 Report

Lostboy, I see that you live in NC like me. Look for local free clinics in your town. I live in Lee county and receive free meds through the Lee County Helping Hands Clinic and the NC Medassist programs(links below). If you do not find a clinic in your county please call my clinic to see if they know where you can get help. They get me a 90 day supply of all my meds for only $25. Best of luck!!!
http://hhcsanford.org/
http://www.ncfreeclinics.org/
http://www.medassist.org/

red flower lady
red flower lady 2011-12-25 11:59:41 -0600 Report

Oh, I forgot:( a friend that came by this morning (while on here) said that the hospitals have dispensaries for no/low income people and to call them to see how they work. Also said you can get the ER charges dropped due to income, but you don't want to go there for all the visits we require, and not sure how many times they would do it. WOW, I just learned something new.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2011-12-24 20:49:13 -0600 Report

You will not be able to get Medicaid if you do not have a dependent child, food stamps is the only thing you'll qualify for otherwise. My dr was able to get my insulin for free 6mos worth in one shot, but they will only send it to the drs office. While waiting he had me go to the health dept, call or check the website as you have to be approved by income and that may need to be done at a different office, mine was at a drs they sent me to and then I took the script to the health dept. I got the insuline for $10.00 a vial. There are also programs like the one Montel Williams is a spokes person for or http://www.freemedicinefoundation.com/. I have never heard of a dr giving free samples of insuline, other meds yes, but my dr did offer to buy me some while I was waiting, but I chose not to let him. I have to say that he is one special dr and since I suffer from quite a few different illnesses we have a special bond.
Don't get frustrated as help is available. I hope you get help soon:)

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2011-12-24 21:29:10 -0600 Report

A caution here as we are doing some comparisons. Medicaid is a Federally originated program which is State and Federally funded, so the qualifications and benefits vary from State to State. What is true for a Medicaid applicant in one state, may not be true for another with the same condition who lives in a different state.

Medicare benefits are the same in all states because Medicare is an exclusively Federal program.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2011-12-25 03:35:39 -0600 Report

Thanks for the heads up. what state do you live in or know of that allows for a person without a dependent child to get medicaid? I was told by the agency that is the rule everywhere when I was denied, and believe me I went above and beyond trying to fight it. I would like to compare this and find out why it is different:) I'm just thankfull that I had other alternatives untill I was insured again.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2011-12-25 11:13:03 -0600 Report

Medicaid uses the Federal funds to cover specific they fund. What each individual state adds into the package with their own funding is a state decision. Glad Tom knows about Vermont. I think Hawaii may be another one, but that's a guess based on who I've known who was on it. Basically, that's a question you would need to verify with any state you would consider moving to. This basic information was gleaned from an ill-fated excursion I made into the insurance field. It's on the national insurance licensing test.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-12-24 17:53:52 -0600 Report

Thomas check your community for health centers. Some offer reduced prices based on income (sliding fee scale). Apply for Medicaid (medical assistance) through your states Social Services offer. Because you are diabetic they may push it through. You can also contact the manufacturer of the insulin to see if they offer it at a reduced cost or if they can send you a free supply. It never hurts to ask. You can also ask your Dr. if he/she has samples. Hope this helps you. Have a healthy holiday season.

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