What a dilemma!.....Sometimes it's "either, or" but does it have to be so?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2013-01-25 17:25:28 -0600
Started 2013-01-25 12:52:13 -0600

Have you ever been in a dilemma such as this?

You either,
Pay your rent / mortgage, or pay for your medications.
Buy food, or pay for your medications.
Pay other bills, or pay for your medications.

Dealing with trhe high cost of managing a chronic illness, in this case diabetes, can leave you pinching pennies, cutting cost, basically watering down your lifestyle in order to manage your health condition.

Let's face it, we can all use a little help, so why not help one another?
If you have access to information, resources, websites, helpful tricks of the trade, suggestions or any tidbits of information that may help someone manage their way concerning diabetes care, please post it below in the comment section.

You never know who needs what, but are afraid or ashamed to ask for it, so let's just helpful and post it!


12 replies

MAYS 2013-01-25 17:25:28 -0600 Report

Helping Diabetics in Need

Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of people living with diabetes all over the world by providing equipment and encouragement to those in need.

The CR3 Diabetes Association, Inc. will encourage people with diabetes to take control of their health by providing medical devices and supplies to those unable to afford the cost. We want to provide the necessary tools to monitor diabetes such as free glucose meters and testing strips while offering substantial discounts for insulin pumps and insulin pump supplies. This program will allow each diabetic we assist to be a healthy candidate when a cure is developed.


MAYS 2013-01-25 17:02:49 -0600 Report

EyeCare America

Our award-winning organization provides eye exams and up to one year of care to US citizens and legal residents within the Continental U.S, Hawaii and Puerto Rico through volunteer ophthalmologists (EyeMDs) often at no out-of-pocket cost to those who qualify.


jayabee52 2013-01-25 14:10:32 -0600 Report

Thanks Mays! Now I know which discussion I could point someone who is in a desparate situation in life.

MAYS 2013-01-25 13:56:56 -0600 Report

Times are tough, and you might be faced with choosing whether or not you can continue paying for your mobile phone, if you even have one. But did you know you the government has authorized phone companies to provide free cell phones and service to tens of millions Americans at no charge? Just how much would one of these free government cell phones change your life?

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Other FREE Government Cell Phone Providers:


ShellyLargent 2013-01-25 13:27:15 -0600 Report

Before going on my new pump system, I was getting my diabetic supplies from my local Walmart. They carry the ReliOn brand of products. I was using their NpH and R insulins, along with their syringes. I was also using ReliOn's BG meters and strips. The products are good quality and I never had any issues with any of it. The insulin costs around $25 a bottle, the meters are around $10, and the test strips are significantly less than the name brands, I just can't remember how much they are.

MAYS 2013-01-25 13:26:47 -0600 Report

Community Health Centers

A network of community health centers across the country provides preventive and primary care to millions of Americans. They provide care for free or on a sliding scale based on your income.

Community Health Centers are hospitals, health centers, or clinics that provide free or low-cost health care. These places provide prenatal care, baby shots, prescription drugs, general primary care, and specialized care for more serious conditions including mental health, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS.

Anyone may use a community health care center, whether you have health insurance or not. How much you pay will depend on your income.


MAYS 2013-01-25 13:20:09 -0600 Report

Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs)

Patient assistance programs (PAPs) are usually sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and provide free or discounted medicines to low-to-moderate-income, uninsured and under-insured people who meet the guidelines. Eligibility and application requirements vary from program to program.

Frequently asked questions about P.A.P. programs:












MAYS 2013-01-25 13:01:39 -0600 Report

Your Publix Pharmacy is committed to helping you and your loved ones manage both the day-to-day and long-term challenges of diabetes. That's why we're proud to introduce the Publix Pharmacy Diabetes Management System, designed to help you manage your diabetes through several key components, including Free Medication.

Get your prescriptions for generic immediate-release metformin (500 mg, 850 mg and 1000 mg) FREE, up to a 30-day supply (90 tablets). There's no limit to the number of refills of free medication you can receive.

Get your FREE metformin—NO FORMS to fill out! Just drop off your prescription on your next visit to your neighborhood Publix Pharmacy.


MAYS 2013-01-25 12:58:12 -0600 Report

Each state operates a Medicaid program that provides health coverage for lower-income people, families and children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

The eligibility rules for Medicaid are different for each state, but most states offer coverage for adults with children at some income level. In addition, beginning in 2014, most adults under age 65 with individual incomes up to about $15,000 per year will qualify for Medicaid in every state.

People with disabilities are eligible in every state. In some states, people with disabilities qualify automatically if they get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. In other states you may qualify depending on your income and resources (financial assets).


MAYS 2013-01-25 12:54:32 -0600 Report

The United States government is devoted to assisting children, low-income families and individuals with two programs directed at trimming back hunger and providing food and sustenance to people across the country. These programs were historically known as the Food Stamps Program, a fitting name since the program provided stamps that had a dollar value which could be used to purchase food and groceries. The use of actual stamps has more recently been replaced by EBT and Debit cards.

The modern names for the two major food stamp programs in the United States are the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) programs. Applying for SNAP and WIC is usually a simple process that requires a visit to a state-run agency, but it is advisable to first get educated on about the programs and their prerequisites prior to applying.