Help for ppl that are vey low income.

By ginarb37 Latest Reply 2009-12-05 10:05:24 -0600
Started 2009-11-13 14:39:34 -0600

I am an insulin dependant diabetic. My husband is the only one working, we have insurance through the company but it sucks! We are barely making it as a family in the income department. does anyone know of any programs out there that can help with insulin, strips for meters or if there is a cheaper meter. I have the one touch mini that i got free through a company. The strips are almost 30 for only 25 strips and I have to check my sugars 5 times or more a day. Helpppppppp Im drowining.

17 replies

Turtle 2009-11-28 19:27:47 -0600 Report

I am not insulin dependent but I have to check 4x a day. Medicare part B will pay for your diabetic supplies. You can get medicare once you get social security disability. You might get turned down the first time you apply but then you get one of those special disability attys and they only get paid if you win. You will win. It is well worth the aggrevation.
I use a contour meter and love it.

ginarb37 2009-12-05 03:48:14 -0600 Report

Hiyas! I am currently filing for disability throu an attrny. This will ne the first time that I will be filing, so we will see how it turns out. Thanks for the advice and encouragement. It means alot to me.

DustyAngel 2009-11-28 19:09:09 -0600 Report

I am also T1, single mom and have cobra Ins.I use the the free style lite meter and testing 4+ times a day I joined there membership and I get 250 test strips a month for $15.00 a month. here is there phone number if you are interested. 866-246-2683 FreeStyle Promise. Hope this helps.

ginarb37 2009-12-05 03:46:37 -0600 Report

Thanks so much for this phone number! I will look into this as well. Im very slow at responding, I apologize for that. I don't get on the computer as much anymore due to problems that Im having. ;( Thanks again@!

ginarb37 2009-11-15 22:24:39 -0600 Report

Thanks so much everyone for the help and suggestions I will most definately give them a try. I plan on calling a few places tomorrow and going to the sites that have been suggested to me. I so appreciate the help. ;)
My friend bought me a new meter a relion for $9 dollars and the strips for 50 for $20. Paided about the same mount for the meter and strips for the one touch mini for 25 strips, I thought that was a good deal. I am still going to do what has been suggested. Thanks everyone. ;)

sweething 2009-11-14 07:58:39 -0600 Report

Try the makers of one-touch for strips, they may be able to help if they know your situation. Also try the drug companies that make your insulin and syringes, they sometimes help people who cannot buy what they need. And any charitable organizations may be able to help. I had a friend who went to Catholic Charities for help, even though she isn't Catholic and they bought her medicine for her for a month or two. If you can get each group to do that, it would certainly be helpful!

jayabee52 2009-11-13 21:02:00 -0600 Report

Howdy Ginarb
As far as meters and stips go, there is a reason why the meter companies give out free meters — so they can get you using their strips. You pay for the meters many times over during the life of the meter by the high cost of the test strips. For them it is all about building market share.

When I didn't have insurance for a while I bought a True Track meter through Walgreens for less than $20. The strips were about $25 for 50.

On another discussion [ on "Bionime Meters"] about meters someone said the Walmart ReliOn brand meters and strips were relatively inexpensive, though I have no experience with those. [You might also look on the discussion tab "supplies" There were several discussions you might glean information from there - you might want to try "Bigger savings for those who have to pay out-of-pocket for supplies" by John Crowley]

Best wishes ~James. .

Chuck in TX
Chuck in TX 2009-11-15 07:50:57 -0600 Report

I am not insured so have to shop around. I have used a Wal-Mart meter for years. I pay about $40 for a hundred strips and they require only a relatively tiny sample. I also get my insulin there - I think I pay about $20 for N and about $120 for H. Eating low carb helps the insulin go a long way and it makes BS easier to control.

Bearlover72 2009-11-19 19:03:45 -0600 Report

I use the ReliOn meter which I bought at Walmart for about $10 and I pay $20 for a box of 50 strips. They seem to work alright, I've had mine for about 2 yrs and haven't had any problems with it. I also don't have insurance and am unemployed cause of medical problems so I have to watch what money I get.

GiGiB 2009-11-13 14:51:56 -0600 Report

Google "Insulin Pumpers" and join. They take donations from people and distribute to those in need. I am getting ready to donate lancets and hopefully some pump supplies. Also contact the ADA - American Diabetes Association and ask for help and see what they can do. Another thing to do is be proactive and contact your State's Congressional member of the diabetic Caucus. The more they hear from us, the more change we can make. I have a list of the members by State if you are intersted. Above all do not lose hope and keep fighting!

Harlen 2009-11-13 17:42:12 -0600 Report

Way to go Gigi
I give what I can I know there are a lot of frends out there that need help

GiGiB 2009-11-13 19:57:34 -0600 Report

How right you are Harlen! We need to help each other…I have seen too many sad things happen to people.


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