By Jesse82 Latest Reply 2009-09-28 21:40:08 -0500
Started 2009-09-27 13:17:29 -0500

Hello Everyone, I was Diagnosed a few weeks ago as a Type 1 Diabetic. I was a Truck Driver before this came about, but due to Federal laws I am no longer able to drive. So I geuss what I am getting at is im now unemployed, with no health insurance. Thank god for having such a great Dr. to get me help with my insulin. The problem I am running into is testing supplies are so expensive. I am trying to find out if anyone knows of a way I might be able to get some help to cover the cost. I will truely appricaite any info anyone can give me.


14 replies

walshskis 2009-09-28 21:26:08 -0500 Report

GO to - $18.95 per 50 strips for the advocate. Free meter with three or more boxes of strips. Good luck! This is a tough situation.

ps - no-code meter

imsuzie2 2009-09-28 21:40:08 -0500 Report

Hi Jesse. I am so sorry to hear of what is happening with your new diagnosis and now, loss of job. Anyway you can be re-classified as type 2? That said, I have had good luck with Roche, giving free strips, soft click pens, meters, diaries, test strips…1-800-858-8072. 24 hr customer service!!

Also got a free one Touch Ultra Mini from LifeScan, but you have to calibrate strips when you open a new container. They also have 24 hr customer service 1-800-227-8862. I saw cheap test strips on the link for supplies on the left nav menu here in the community, so check that out too. I did a search on the web, but can't remember exactly, but it was something like free medications and got a list of places to call. Good luck and keep us up to date on how you are doing. Also check out for ideas and coping help and another place like this for help. Hugs

Anthea 2009-09-28 14:34:07 -0500 Report

call the Diabetes Assocation at 18003422383 and see if they can tell you where you could get help

BeckyJ 2009-09-28 15:35:24 -0500 Report

This is what worked for me. I contacted the local health dept and they had a list of companies/charities in the area that would help. My Dad is the Assistant Director of Transportaion at a local Aircraft Company and had an employee go through the same thing a couple of years ago. They contacted the Union (not sure if you are a member of one) and they had people on hand to help. They arranged for temporary help until he was able to get Medicare coverage or another job with benefits…whichever came first. Hope things work out for you. I think it's a crazy law. If your diabetes is under control there should be NO differnece between Type 1 and 2. DOT regs are supposed to PROTECT people…not put them out of a job when they need it! Best of Luck and God Bless.

GabbyPA 2009-09-28 07:05:57 -0500 Report

I use the TrackEase products and they do have to be coded, but it is not a big deal. I can get my strips on Ebay and I have been buying them for over a year now there. I got 600 strips for $90 and that was huge! Usually you can get 100 for about $20 or so including shipping. Just watch the expiration dates and make sure they will work for your meter. When you get the fancier meters, you get the more expensive test strips. So I put up with the coding and the slightly larger blood sample and the 10 second wait.....It is not worth it to me to change to a meter I cannot afford to keep supplied.

Anonymous 2009-09-27 22:07:50 -0500 Report

There but for the grace of God go many of us. If (when) it happens to me I will be hot footing it to see if I qualify to be on State's Medicaid program. That is so I have hospitalization coverage as well as meds. I will also be going to every charitable orgainization in my community (Catholic Charities, etc. to ask if they have any knowledge of a place in town that I can get free strips. I will be asking my doc if he has any samples or knows a source of supply. I will be calling the hospital Social Services Department and ask them what they know about available resources in my community. That is my plan. I will keep YOU in my thoughts and hope you can find a new and even better occupation and health care benefits so you can take care of yourself. Whatever you do, don't give up.

Vicrgreen 2009-09-27 21:57:15 -0500 Report

I hadn't realized that truck drivers with diabetes had to be sidelined. It must be because it is Type 1. I have a friend who is a truck driver with Type 2 and it hasn't taken him off the road.

WalMart has inexpensive testing supplies and so, I've been told (we don't have any around here) do Target and KMart. I'd start there. Check the Diabetic Supplies section on this site, as well.

Check out some of the other discussions that are ongoing, I seem to remember some other recommendations I've seen recently but don't recall exactly where they were.

Good luck. I hope you will be able to find a solution to your problem.


Jesse82 2009-09-27 22:51:49 -0500 Report

thank you for the information. You can still drive a truck if your type 2 but have to be closely monitored by your Dr. I have checked the Walmart ones but doesn't seem to be much cheaper, and are coded units.

Vicrgreen 2009-09-28 05:52:32 -0500 Report

It really isn't a big deal to do the codes. I did them up until about 6 months ago if the price is right I'd go for it. You might also check eBay. I've seen several people on here that say they get their strips from eBay and that the prices are really good. I've never bought from there but anything is worth a shot if it is the difference between testing and not testing.

Good luck and God bless.

Harlen 2009-09-27 18:20:14 -0500 Report

Sorry for what your going thrue
They havehelped some frends I know
best of luck Harlen

Jesse82 2009-09-27 21:03:21 -0500 Report

Thank you very much I will look into this in the morning. Any info at this point is a huge help.

Alicia039 2009-09-27 21:25:33 -0500 Report

Wal Mart has a brand called Reli On It is fairly cheap and the strips run about 15 dollars I think. I use this as a back up when I run out of my One Touch Ultra 2. My insurance will only cover a pack of 30 and this is not enough to get me through a month.

alanbossman 2009-09-27 16:04:01 -0500 Report

There are some places you can try one is abbott patient assistance prog. dibetes care. Phone # 1 800 222 6885, mon thru friday 9 to 5 est. also sanofi aventis offer free med.prog. web site is phone # 1 800 633 1610 I hope this helps.

Jesse82 2009-09-27 21:01:10 -0500 Report

Thank you very much for the information. Everywhere else has turned me down because I am not on medicare. Hopefully this will work. Once again Thank you very much for your help!