No Medical Insurance for daughter

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2013-06-21 12:04:00 -0500
Started 2013-06-19 14:09:17 -0500

My husband was medically seperated from the Military in December and we just recently lost our medical insurance. My daughter is a type 1 dibatic and is on the insulin pump, we have tons of test strips, but found out her insulin for the pump is going to cost over $500.00, We talked to her doctor and they gave us a few resources that help people with no insurance but it can talk up to a month to be approved. My question is does anyone know of a faster way to get help with getting the vials at a cheaper price? or She has about a 2 month supply of her insulin pens, Novalog and Lantus, would it hurt to switch her back to those until he is able to find a job with medical benefits? I am at the point where I am going to have a nervous break down

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ShellyLargent 2013-06-21 12:04:00 -0500 Report

I've been going to Walmart for years now for my insulin. They carry the ReliOn brand made by Eli-Lily. I use the Novolin insulin in my pump and I have not had any issues with that. Her pump should have a 4 hour/2 hour insulin setting. You can tell the pump if you are using Novolog or Novolin insulin. Even without insurance, Walmart's prices on insulin are considerably lower. If there's not a store near you, you can have it delivered to your house with free shipping. Just remember, before you make any changes to her pump settings or her insulin, be sure to run it by her doctor first. My endocrinologist was skeptical that I could have good results with using the Novolin in my pump, but after seeing my last A1c (6.6) and seeing that I have no more than a 20 point swing in my glucose readings (I test about 6 times a day) he was thoroughly convinced that the Novolin was doing the job.

PJs - 61320
PJs - 61320 2013-06-20 00:22:04 -0500 Report

Go to this website and see if they can help you: All you have to do is fill out the 2nd page and your DR fills out the first page…Then your Dr will fax it to Lilly and the insulin will come to your DR's office… It's based on your income and how many people live in your household.
Also maybe this will help:
American Diabetes Association
1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311

1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383)

Got questions? Email us! small
Good luck.

hairbear68 2013-06-19 16:22:48 -0500 Report

my doctor was giving my office samples talk too your doctor see if he can do that until you find better help and I hope you have the best of luck and keep safe

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-06-19 16:04:52 -0500 Report


I am so sorry to hear you are in this situation. It can be so difficult to get the help that you need when you find yourself falling through the many cracks in the system. It's good to know that your doctor was at least able to pass on a few resources to you. I suspect that you have reached out for help from assistance and Medicaid.

One site I often recommend is This site has a lot of ideas about options for getting medications when you don't have adequate insurance coverage.

Do you have a local chapter of the Diabetes Association in your area? It might be worth calling the closest chapter in your state.

I hope that you get some more answers soon. Please keep in touch with us and let us know how you are doing.


Anonymous 2013-06-19 19:05:16 -0500 Report

Thank you for you information. We live in Cleveland Ohio so I am sure there is something close

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-06-21 11:39:10 -0500 Report

You are very welcome, my friend. I hope you will keep in touch with us and let us know how things are going for you. Again, I am sad to hear you are in this situation. I am hoping for the best for you and your family!

cizzy21 2013-06-19 14:45:29 -0500 Report

My doctor has given me insulin and a glucometer whenever I need any. You could try asking your doctor for supplies until your daughter finds medical insurance. Another suggestion is for her to apply for Medicaid. I hope this helps!