How are Diabetics dealing with the Economic Turndown and Higher price of Neccesities?

Anthony B. Pittman
By Anthony B. Pittman Latest Reply 2009-05-22 18:54:37 -0500
Started 2009-02-17 07:08:43 -0600

I have been reeiving Social Security since 1993, when i got a Federal Court Approval in Norfolk, VA. I had worked since 1987 til present. I have had my Ups and Downs with the Econmic slowdowns in different parts of the country

Since I have been in Northeast TN, 2004, I have had 6 or seven jobs. My current Employer, Hardees, I have been with since May 2008, I have done pretty good. Been receiving more than 30 hours a week, got my own house, renting of course, without Section 8 Assistance, no Food Stamps. I would not be able to survive without SSDI though. When late Nov early December came my world turned upside. I have had too limit my spending including medicines Diabetic Equipment and so on.
Of course, when January comes around, I got told my Medicare policy and Medicaid plolicies j]have changed, I had to start paying higher copays on medical needs, and other needs. My hours have dropped to 16 to 20 hours a week. I have not received my pay check yet, which I get at 2 p.m. but I have been told it will be no more than $300.00. I still have to pay a big chunk of Feb.'s rent. I do not know where to go. I have been told I will have to get rid of my telephone service, cut even more on my basic needs. I do not have a car, a blessing, but now the bus fares and other services I use will go up. It already takes 2 hours to walk to work.I o not know, what will be next. I just heard on the radio, NE TN, lost 2153 jobs within the last 6 months of 2008, Unemployment rate for TN went from 4.6 in 2007, to 6.8 in 2008.

I can have some advised from others on how they are dealing with the it in their part of the Country?

5 replies

southern_ lady
southern_ lady 2009-03-14 20:47:09 -0500 Report

I am on medicaid or I could not get
the med,s I need for diabetes and heart
and blood pressure,they are so high,
check with your local health dept,some
have program,s to help with this,

southern_ lady
southern_ lady 2009-03-14 20:49:00 -0500 Report

and medicaid will pay for diabetes
med,s it does for me.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-05-22 18:54:37 -0500 Report

Since you are on medicade and medicare you can contact Am Med Direct and they will supply your Diabetic supplies at no cost to you. They take care of all the paper work for you and bill medicare and medicad directly. Their Phone number is
877-700-3800. Give them call and you can at least get your diabetic supplies.

GabbyPA 2009-02-17 17:38:03 -0600 Report

I effectivly lost my job in November of 2008. I work for myself, but my income dropped to way below even what you are brining home on cut hours. It is frightening.

I have found a clinic that takes payment based on income on a sliding scale. It is a life saver for me. I found it thru lots of help from people here, but I called my local hospital and asked for the "Charitable Program" and they connected me to the clinic.

We too don't have a car, and I share one with my mom and it is a pain sometimes, but I am greatful, as we don't even have a bus system where I live. Fortunately, I work from home most days and that helps a lot.

I ask for generic on all of my meds, so that I only have to pay $5 per perscription, even less if I buy 3 months at a time with check them out.

My husband is on disability and he makes $24 too much to qualify for Medicaid, so they told him about a program that will refund him his medicare costs for parts A,B and D. That would put over $100 back in his pocket per month. You can call you social security office and ask them about that.

My thoughts are with you. I totally understand what you are feeling, and the choice between groceries and bills and meds does get to be overwhelming. We have dumped everything we don't need, cell phones, lawn services, eating out and more. Next will be our TV and Home Phone, we are hoping we can keep that.

rbergman 2009-02-17 08:10:38 -0600 Report

I'm sorry things are getting tougher for you. I myself have no health coverage of any kind and I pay for all my diabetes needs completely out of pocket. The Overstockdrugstore, featured on this site under the shopping button has great deals for supplies but I don't know how that would work since you have some coverage. Most doctors can supply samples to those in need for a period of time, check there as well. As far as your telephone service there is a service I believe is nation wide that helps people in need keep basic telephone service. There web address is check this out to see about keeping your telephone service. Check with local charity organizations such as Catholic Charities, and the Salvation Army, there may be some help there as far as paying your rent if you qualify. You mentioned you have medicaid, get with your social worker there and ask whats available to help you, that is there job to point you in directions you may not know about.

My daughter has state funded medicaid that covers all of her needs except for lancets, prep pads and the likes thank God or we would be in a pickle worse than what we are as well.since I had been laid off and my unemloyment has run out…extention included. I cannot afford to be too proud to ask for assistance if its out there I certainly look for it to help defer my own supply needs and costs. Some may feel embarrassed to ask for assistance but lets face it, the economy isn't getting any better any time soon and your health is too important to just let slide and not take care of. I hope this helps you some and if I think of anything else I will certainly post it here but I think this will be a good start for you.
Best of Luck,