By Lisakay Latest Reply 2012-04-19 16:13:32 -0500
Started 2012-04-16 16:04:31 -0500

I recently lost my insurance does anyone know how to get meter strips free or very low cost?

9 replies

diabetesfree 2012-04-18 12:09:56 -0500 Report

It depends on your income and living situation. If you live below the federal poverty level, you can probably get help from one of the drug company's patient assistance programs. There is a central clearinghouse for these organizations at . If you live below the federal poverty level and have children in the home, you may qualify for state health assistance. Qualifications vary from state to state, so you would need to contact your county department of social services for more info. If you don't qualify for either of the above, the ACT1 program provides free diabetes testing supplies for those in need. Their website is at If you need your supplies more immediately, your best bet is probably the Wal-Mart brand as mentioned by another member here. For the long term, you might want to check out deals on the internet. and have some occasional good deals. I usually get mine from American Diabetes Wholesale at . They seem to have the lowest prices consistently on the brand of test strips I use (TRUE). Paying $.30 per test strip or less is a lot better than the $1+ each you will pay for brand name strips at a local pharmacy.

alanbossman 2012-04-17 22:40:15 -0500 Report

You could try the company LifeScan that makes your one touch. Sometimes company's have program's to help people to get strips at a lower cost to you. The phone # to LifeScan is on the back of your meter. Hope this helps

ShellyLargent 2012-04-17 10:04:53 -0500 Report

I use the ReliOn brand from Walmart, both meter and strips. Meter is $8 and strips are also $8 for 25. I've not had any trouble with the meter or the strips. They work just as good as my old One Touch, but considerably less expensive.

techguy87114 2012-04-17 20:46:30 -0500 Report

ReliOn is a great meter! its made by Arkray. Great price too! the only issue with that is my local Walmart seems to always be out of strips.. especially at that price.

ShellyLargent 2012-04-19 16:02:38 -0500 Report

Yeah, I've had the same problem. I have a prescript for 125/month but if I need more I have a hard time finding them on the shelf. I finally complained to my local store's manager enough that they have started increasing their supply. I also will browse through the pharmacy every so often and will pick a box or two when I see them, just in case…

techguy87114 2012-04-16 16:53:52 -0500 Report

what meter do you use? I have a site that I purchase from very frequently. They have most meter strips but not all..

great prices too!


Lisakay 2012-04-16 17:09:14 -0500 Report

I use the one touch.


techguy87114 2012-04-16 21:04:51 -0500 Report

try this.. I have gotten strips there (sometimes as low as $8.00 for a box of 25) depending on the brand. the site has short expire date strips that expire within 30-60 days and standard strips that expire 90 + days out.

check em out!

hope it helps you!