No Insurance & Need Help with Meds & Supplies

By Txchristi Latest Reply 2010-01-17 15:09:59 -0600
Started 2009-09-18 11:28:34 -0500

Hi everyone. I am new here and was hoping that someone may have some advice. We have no insurance due to my husband having to quit his job from a medical emergency. I am needing advice on what options we may have in order to get our diabetes meds and supplies. We are currently trying to get assistance with the county but they go by income for the year instead of the current month and our annual income appears to be to high. I am insulin dependant and he is on oral meds. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions I would greatly appreciate all the help we can get. Thank you

19 replies

glucafect 2010-01-17 15:09:59 -0600 Report

How are you making out with getting your supplies? Things are tough here in NJ unemployment rate is 10%.

alwaystryin 2009-09-19 14:45:13 -0500 Report

Many Questions, and you are certainly in a Great place to ask them.

I can not offer Medical advice, but as a Caregiver to my Wife of 29 Years, 15 of them as a Diabetic, we recently used

Be forewarned, the Process is not Popular nor Easy, but if you are able to get through the Hoops, and followup, it may Help.

Continued Awareness,

vgarrison 2009-09-19 13:50:08 -0500 Report

What meter do you use? I have some left overs for the freestyle light meter…I do not have any Lantus but I do have some Novolog left over…

Blessed Be

Txchristi 2009-09-19 14:54:25 -0500 Report

We have a freestyle meter not sure if it is the light or not????? I have several different types of meters that I have collected over the years just no strips right now.. I ran out yesterday and have no idea where my sugars are at. Going on how I feel. I have used Novolog in the past as it is pretty much the same as Humalog. I am not sure where you are located at however. I am in Azle Texas. Thank you so much for your kindness.

Txchristi 2009-09-19 17:02:33 -0500 Report

I wanted to let you know that I checked my meters and I do have a Freestyle Lite. I have several different kinds of meters just no strips to go with any of them.

donsqueen 2009-09-19 10:40:17 -0500 Report

If you have a KMart near you, they have a brand of monitor and test strips that are fairly cheap (American something). I used them when I had no insurance. If there is a hospital/clinic program near you, go talk to one of there financial counselors to see if they have any suggestions.

80sgirl71 2009-09-18 18:27:52 -0500 Report

My name is Becki Medlin & I have been a diabetic for almost 4 years. I have no insurance as well. Try contacting The Patient Assistance Program at 1-800-652-6227 Mon-Fri 9-5 Eastern Standard Time. Abbott Patient Assistance Program-Diabetes Care is the only program out there that gives out free testing supplies & sometimes testing kits. The only down side is they only give out freestyle strips because that is what they produce. There number is 1-800-222-6885 Mon-Fri 8-5 Central Time. You will need a written prescription for the strips and you will also need one for each of the medications you need. You will need tax returns for 2008, pay stubs ( or statement from x-employer) saying he is no longer working there. There might be a few other things. I hope this is helpful to you. If you have any questions just e-mail me at small
Good Luck!

Txchristi 2009-09-19 10:34:14 -0500 Report

Thank you so much .. I will be contacting them this coming week. Its so scary knowing that you need these items to live yet not know how you will get them

80sgirl71 2009-09-19 23:41:32 -0500 Report

I forgot to mention in the first reply that some diabetic medications are available at Walmart for 4 dollars. I know that Metphormin is one of them. Thought I would mention it to you. Good luck.

80sgirl71 2009-09-19 23:53:26 -0500 Report

I know for a fact that Lantus is offered on the free medication program. I take Lantus-Solo-Star Pens. I receive Lantus at no charge. There is a phone number and web site on the back of my pen box. I would try the web site first, so you can try to download an application & not have to wait on them to mail it to you, The web site is The phone number is 1-800-633-1610. Hope this helps you. You guys take care.

rbergman 2009-09-18 14:50:59 -0500 Report

You can talk to your doctor about samples they have in office for free as far as the oral meds go, as far as the insulin many of the drug companies themselves can send that out at a reduced cost or free of charge depending on income, and, its set up to go to your doctor's office and you pick it up there. As far as supplies, try Am-Med Direct, all of mine and our daughters testing supplies come in the mail monthly from them, my daughters insurance covers her but I pay for mine out of pocket and its so much cheaper than buying at the pharmacy or even at wal-mart.
good luck

hbkunkel 2009-09-18 14:42:36 -0500 Report

Have you tried getting in touch with the drug companies directly to see if they can be of help? Can you go to a public health clinic for help? let us know what is going on so we can be of better help.

kdroberts 2009-09-18 11:37:49 -0500 Report

What do you both take?

Txchristi 2009-09-19 10:31:34 -0500 Report

I am on Lantus and Humalog and he is on Metphormin and glimpride. His are fairly cheap mine are not. We also have glucometers however the strips are so expensive

kdroberts 2009-09-19 19:37:24 -0500 Report

Are you able to switch to NPH and/or regular insulin? They are much, much cheaper. Also, do you use pens or vials because vials can potentially be considerably less than te pens. You could also try the off brand meters like Targets Easy Pro. The strips are about half the price of the brand meters.

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