Can I get any help for diabetes without having to have Medicaid?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-12-10 19:27:33 -0600
Started 2012-12-01 07:36:30 -0600

Here is a very interesting discussion concerning diabetes and the annoyances it can cause when it is not separated as Type 1, Type 2, or Gestational Diabetes in the media:

I would like to take that discussion a little further.
How many times have you looked at "free" offers for diabetes supplies and services only to see in fine print, or to hear at the end of the commercial that you must have Medicare, or be a Medicare recipient in order to qualify?

Now that's a bummer!
Get your hopes up high, fill your balloon with air and then pop it right in your face!
Just thought that I would mention this in a discussion, and see how others feel.
Thank you, Katie for your very insightful discussion concerning different types of diabetes and how annoying it can be seeing them all bveing classified together.


20 replies

DeanaG 2012-12-04 23:27:13 -0600 Report

There is a commercial for diabetes cookbooks and the only way to get them is if you are on Medicare. Irritating indeed, I really wanted those cookbooks. ;-)

gbc43 2012-12-10 14:04:36 -0600 Report

Accu_Chek , I think BCA pay about $50.00 a box.

Acousins 2012-12-10 19:27:33 -0600 Report

Also try different book store, they have just about the same cook books, so dont let that bother you… I have gotten cook books from second hand book store and pulled recipes from websites…

Acousins 2012-12-10 19:24:51 -0600 Report

Try WalMart, they have a meter and strips get them at the Pharmacy… Its cheap thats what I started off with and still use from time to time…

MAYS 2012-12-05 03:33:39 -0600 Report


jayabee52 2012-12-05 12:37:21 -0600 Report

I am on medicare and I avoid those offers of cookbooks and other diabetes "goodies" because when I check the offer out, they want my telephone #. I know that I give them that # I will receive a "courtesy" (sales) call which will burn up my cell minutes (I only have cell service). I like my privacy and don't care for salesmen calling me during the day. And once they have my number, I get repeated calls from them. NOT GOOD IMO!

ConnieMarie 2012-12-06 08:45:00 -0600 Report

i have a "spam email" but Abbot doesn't sell your info or call…you do have access to a nurse via the phone if you have questions. i bought 3 diabetic cookbooks from a local bookstore i had checked them out at the library. the owner was able to order in newer versions for me. she started carrying diabetic living because of me & discovered she had many customers with diabetes so she started a diabetic section with cookbooks, mags, diabetes for dummies and so on.

jayabee52 2012-12-06 11:07:29 -0600 Report

my concern is not with spam (it does irratate me, but I can deal with it easily by deleting the spam) my bigger concern is telephone calls. I have a cell phone plan which costs $0.45 min after my allotted minutes are up. Costs add up fast if I get a telemarketer on my phone. I don't like to be rude, but I try to make it quick.

Glad you have had such a positive influence with your local bookstore, Connie!


ConnieMarie 2012-12-06 15:12:42 -0600 Report

i have virgin mobile…$25 + tax a month with 300 mins, unlimited web & text…but Abbot's freestyle program is great. if you have questions you call them, they have diabetes educators avaible 24/7 and customer service that is top knotch. i had my meter stolen when someone broke into my friends car and took my bag - they shipped me new meter that day and i had it in 2 days.
local bookstores are great when comes to getting certain things. i am a firm believer in shop local, use small family owned businesses vs big box stores whenever possible. Columbus is a mecha for small business, the bookstore is 36 rooms - each different subjects, floor to ceiling shelves. i've gotten diabetic, juicing, herb mixture & slowcooker cookbooks plus some best sellers there.
is there a favorite dessert you have James? :)
here's link to their meter at Abbott

jayabee52 2012-12-06 15:44:02 -0600 Report

I use the true track meter from Walgreens. The stips are more reasonable to purchase Haven't checked recently but last time I checked Abbot's strips were relatively expensive.

I like lots of things, but perhaps my fave dessert is Ice Cream. I don't have it a lot but that is my fave indulgence. For my normal deserts I will eat frozen strawberries or blueberries. I like the cold in my mouth.

ConnieMarie 2012-12-06 16:06:20 -0600 Report

i bought an ice maker from LL Bean and we make own, i add strawberries, peaches, bananas, pineapple or coconut…we've sprang for fresh vanilla beans to add to the mix…i am a baker and hope that if the 2 investors i've talked to are really serious i will be opening up a bakery soon. i am good at cheesecakes and brownies. i have about 15 different brownies, including gluten free and diabetic friendly versions…i've even made 2 gluten free blondie bars because my great niece is allergic to chocolate, berries and has gluten intolerance. instead of splenda in some of the baked goods i use honey or a little fruit juice to sweeten…glazes i use a little burbon, some apple juice and cook it down then add pecans or almonds to "candy" them.

devid2011 2012-12-01 23:12:03 -0600 Report

I've been there like you. I know what you mean when you say you can't lose weight. I believe that everyone should find their best way to lose weight.
It is not a simple subject. One thing is for sure, you must be consistent about it.
Anyhow, I found one weight-loss system that works for me, I don't know if it will work for everyone but maybe it is a good idea to check it out…
I found it just by searching the web and after many different tries. Have a look if you want:
Good luck to you all!!

ConnieMarie 2012-12-01 08:09:37 -0600 Report

Medicaid/Medicare are pretty much the same except Medicaid your assigned a doctor, your meds have to be approved…freestyle through Abbot offers a discounted/free test strips to people with income restrictions…

HeidiLynne 2012-12-01 09:00:29 -0600 Report

A very interesting point connieMarie!

ConnieMarie 2012-12-01 10:52:21 -0600 Report

i've been dealing with medicaid a couple of months, Medicare i've dealt with since age 15 when my father retired…trust me they are very different…i wouldn't wish caresource on anyone! but my meds are covered, i have my neuro followup after the 1st of the year and i hope my doctor takes more meds away…so far i've been able to drop 3 more medications that started off my year with 15…now only 7 are needed. my friend Angie has been using Abbot for meter supplies and they don't charge her since she's on medicaid. she has hooked me up with extra test strips so i haven't bought any. here's their link and i love my meter!

MAYS 2012-12-01 07:46:03 -0600 Report

I must really be tired, or brain dead this morning, the key word in the title of this discussion should be "Medicare" and not "Medicaid" so i apologize for the mistake that i have made, using the wrong word alters the purpose of this discussion greatly!

jayabee52 2012-12-01 08:58:03 -0600 Report

it does, Mays, but there are offers which are contingent on having medicAID.
I have mediCARE and run into the MedicAID restriction all the time. So frustrating.

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