insurance or how to get meds.

cowboy101
By cowboy101 Latest Reply 2010-06-13 12:19:09 -0500
Started 2010-06-09 14:01:13 -0500

need to find somehow to cover meds . I have no insurance and out of work. Any good ideals ??


7 replies

FLDawn
FLDawn 2010-06-13 00:19:32 -0500 Report

I don't know where you live but if you have Publix grocery stores in your area they are offering free Metformin. I am out of work too and have no insurance.

I don't get the free one but go to Target for my meds. Target and Wal-Mart offer them for $4. I keep my scripts there because I cannot afford to go get new ones or see my doc. He will send refills though so I stay put.

Most things have generics now. My elderly neighbor just had her meds changed to generics. She had not been taking them due to cost. Now she has most of them for $4 and one that use to be 200 is now less than 50.

I have been unemployed 2 years now so I know where you are at. Good luck with things

veggie1962
veggie1962 2010-06-11 09:13:44 -0500 Report

Check out these links, hope they help:

http://www.access2wellness.com/a2w/patient-we...

http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/

I see you are in GA, check out this link for free meds from Publix. It's non-extended release metformin only, with a prescription needed:

http://www.publix.com/wellness/pharmacy/Publi...

Call your local health dept, they sometimes will see uninsured adults with chronic diseases and/or have access to free or reduced priced meds. They also may be able to point you in the direction of sources that may be able to help.

Good luck.

monkeymama
monkeymama 2010-06-09 21:32:57 -0500 Report

There are some manufactures that have programs for uninsured individuals. We used this for my dad after he had his brain surgery and it was of great help. Otherwise Gabby here also has some great other options as well. If there is a local Salvation Army or other medical out reach clinic, you can also try this as another option. They have programs as well that you may be able to utilize.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-06-09 19:49:06 -0500 Report

I am also uninsured and have type 2. I am currently on all generic medicines and that helps me a lot. My local grocery store offers Metformin for free. So ask if there is a program at your grocer for that and other typical diabetic drugs.

The generics I use also are less expensive if I pay for 3 months at a time. Sometimes it is rough to come up with it all at once, but I try to save for it during the quarter.

I am now also finding that many of the meter companies are offering their own versions of prescription plans. I got one to help with test strips from One Touch. I have not used it yet, but it is supposed to help. I have seen that FreeStyle also offers assistance with testing supplies.

Here is a website that you can go to see if you qualify for all kinds of programs to help with medicines and even insulin. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/6409-low-priced-insulin-source-etc These people are really great, very helpful.

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-06-09 18:42:52 -0500 Report

The question you are raising is a common one and I sure wish I had the answer for it. As mentioned in the first post you can look into patient assistance programs with the manufacturers and to look into generic plan programs. You might also want to talk with your local hospitals to see if they are aware of programs you may qualify for but also to learn of any clinical trials they may know about. Yet another thought is to contact the local United Way Agencies to inquire on assistance and/or your local phone book under "social service agencies" for non United Way support groups, plans, programs, lectures or whatever. Anything is better than nothing but you'll have to find the assistance because the assistance won't find you. Let us know how you make out because there are others who can use the referrals.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-06-09 14:36:48 -0500 Report

What medications do you need? If they are brand name, have you called the drug company to ask about their patient assistance programs? If they are not brand, you can pick some of the older ones like metformin for free or $10 or less for 90 days worth.