Help Paying for medication

JMcClain0626
By JMcClain0626 Latest Reply 2011-08-05 18:00:42 -0500
Started 2010-04-26 21:13:50 -0500

I currently have no health insurance and am a type 1 diabetic. There is NO way i can afford insulin and all my supplies. Does anyone know of any help out there for people like me?


5 replies

ShellyLargent
ShellyLargent 2011-08-05 18:00:42 -0500 Report

Walmart carries ReliOn brand insulin and supplies. It's what I use. Eventhough I do have some insurance coverage, it's not much. I'm on both Humulin R and NpH. Through Walmart, the insulins are $24.88 each (ReliOn brand). Syringes are $12 for 100-count box. My testing supplies, also ReliOn brand are $36.88 for 100 strips and the meter was $8.88. ReliOn is made by Eli Lilly, so it's not like some fly-by-night company. If you don't have a local Walmart store where you live, you can have your doctor call in the prescriptions and I'm pretty sure that you have the supplies delivered to your home. You'd just have to check into that.

Robbibird3
Robbibird3 2010-04-28 09:07:39 -0500 Report

In addition to what has been mentioned I know that alot of the major drug companies will give their medications freely if you cannot afford them. Sometimes your local pharmacist will know how you can apply. Also if your income is low enough you might qualify for health insurance from your state or government.

Both my income and my insurance is provided by the government. You should not feel shamed to ask for help, all any organization can do is tell you that you do not fall under there guidelines.

DavidSoFla
DavidSoFla 2011-08-05 17:41:31 -0500 Report

As a Type-1 Diabetic, I HAD been able to affiord health insurance, and pay for insulin. Following the total COLLAPSE of our country (2000-2008); I have NOT been able to afford health insurance. Last time I COULD afford health INSURANCE, Clinton was President. My doctor put me on NovoLog and Levemir Insulins about 6 years ago. I have had to request Insulin Pens from NovoLog and Levemir, through my doctor's office. Thank GOD ABOVE, the office manager has been VERY helpful in communicating with these medical corporations. UNFORTUNATELY, it's taken a LOT of red F-ing tape to get the insulin. Beware! NOT ALL medical companies will cheerfully "help out". :—(

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-04-27 07:19:42 -0500 Report

I am also uninsured, but type 2. I could not imagine the horror of not being able to afford life saving meds. There are several discussions on this topic and some have links and phone numbers you can try.
Browse thru some of these: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?query=uninsured

I know I found help thru people here. They gave me enough ideas of places to call and things to do until I found the clinic that I can go to. So don't loose heart. We have some great folks here to help.

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