How can we get help with the High price of insulin?

By erin38 Latest Reply 2014-08-24 07:09:49 -0500
Started 2014-08-23 09:03:16 -0500

I am in charge of taking care of my parents and ultimately my older brother.
My mother and brother suffer with diabetes, My parents are on Medicare, but my brother has insurance through work that does not pay anything for his insulin.
He has one that costs $600 and the other is $400 each. He has not been taking his insulin because he can not afford it, there has to be some kind of help out there for people like this.
If anyone knows of a way to get help please let me know so I can get my brother back on his insulin.

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GabbyPA 2014-08-24 07:09:49 -0500 Report

I would recommend he speak with his doctor to find alternatives for the expensive insulin. I take one that is long lasting that costs me $25 per vial and it lasts me about a month. Of course, depending on his doses, that will vary. If he is taking two insulins, then it's likely one is long lasting. I don't know if there is a short acting one like that or not. Doctors need to be made aware that what they prescribe is out of reach.

Then he also needs to go into his insurer's formulary and find out what is covered and if it will work for him. Something has to be better than nothing. My husband has to do this often. He just calls his insurance company to find out if a prescription is covered, and if not, we call the doctor's office and ask for an alternative. They are good about helping out.

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