Free Help for Diabetics (Feel Free to Add to it)

By MAYS Latest Reply 2014-05-23 08:38:51 -0500
Started 2010-07-01 17:01:03 -0500

A common question or request here at Diabetic Connect concerns free or reduced medications or supplies for diabetics.

Let's keep this discussion open, please feel free to modify this list at any given time, if you know of something, add to it, if a link is non responsive or outdated, let us know.

Let's continue to help one another …


The original discussion and list of free services can be viewed by clicking the link below:

66 replies

maryh514 2014-05-23 08:38:51 -0500 Report

I was able to get help for my insulin through a company called Prescription Assistance 123. The name of the patient advocate that assisted me was Mark Brown. I am on insulin (lantus and Humalog) He signed me up for the patient assistance program through the manufacture and it was a really simple process. I receive my medications in the mail every three months. I would recommend him and this company to anyone. His number is (888) 507-9123 or his direct number is (561) 288-9044
Thanks Mark and good luck to everyone!

eristar 2012-12-09 05:57:50 -0600 Report

Glad to see this discussion - my husband lost his job last week and his insurance was immediately cancelled; he takes more meds than I do, but my diabetes stuff is way more than his. I will have to check out all the links. Thanks.

DeanaG 2012-02-04 09:45:58 -0600 Report

My doctor gave me a card from the drug company that saves me $20 on my co-pay for my Januvia. or 1-866-246-2683 for a free meter and a card that pays all but $15 of my co-pay for strips. for a card that makes your co-pay $4
I hope this helps, I know my cards save me over $120 a month on my mess and strips.

mcho56 2011-06-10 07:22:04 -0500 Report

Anyone who uses lantus can get help from their patient ass't. program. Just type in 'lantus patient assistance program' to your search window and it will get you there. I believe the name of the company is sanofi-avantis. It is a bit of work and diligence but a life-saver!

pkwillhoite 2011-04-22 17:49:50 -0500 Report

Well I just had to reapply for the yearly renewal and we are denied for help form the state. We already stopped paying the house to try to cover my expenses for the meds and the dr visits… I am so stresses about this. I cant believe I have this and now we are loosing our house and no help from the state and we cant afford to buy food. Life really stinks right now…

Icoachnow 2011-03-25 11:21:09 -0500 Report

I have no insurance and no job I was let go due to diabetic complications from missing to many days at work. Where can i get assistance? I need medications to lower my LDL etc… what is one to do when you have no money at all? help

JoleneAL 2011-07-21 12:26:08 -0500 Report

Ah, Diabetics are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act - you need to do some research on this, but it sounds like they discriminated against you because of your medical condition.

EmiliaK 2011-03-24 10:33:18 -0500 Report

Thank you Mays for this information.

You are not going to believe this. This morning I got an email from one of my readers asking me where she could find free strips for her diabetic husband since the insurance company is not paying for them. I logged in to DC and there it was your discussion! Isn't this amazing!

Well, whatever forces are behind this coincidence, I just want to thank you one more time for taking this step to help people.

If you don't mind, I am going to use some of this information in my blog to help people.

Have a great day.

Emilia Klapp, R.D., B.S.

MAYS 2011-03-24 13:42:36 -0500 Report

Thank you.

I am glad that I can be of some sort of help to someone.

By all means if there is something that you can pass on to someone that is a part of any article that I have posted, or listed anywhere on this site please do so.
I agree with you, whatever the coincidence or whatever is behind it, it was meant to be for the moment and I hope that the information proves to be helpful.

Thanks for the link, I will be stopping by soon!

Have a great day.


EmiliaK 2011-03-24 15:36:26 -0500 Report

Hi Mays,

Your post has inspired me to write a post today, it will air tomorrow, where I list 5 websites that provide either free or low cost diabetic supplies. Actually, Diabetic Connect is one of them.

What I am doing in my post is sending people directly to the website page that offers the free or low cost supplies so people don't have to go though a maze of information to find the right page to apply for those supplies. Some web sites can be a little confusing and hard to find the right info.

I'll keep doing it as I look for more supplies for the diabetic people who need them.

Thank you so much for being such an inspiration to me. Actually, everybody in DC is wonderful and I have learnt a lot from them.

Have a great day.

MAYS 2011-03-25 11:16:06 -0500 Report


Thank you for the compliment.
You are truly an inspiration yourself.
Your posted articles and discussions are very informative.

I am looking forward to viewing your posting when it is aired tomorrow.
The information given will be greatly needed and appreciated by all.
You are a very important member of this wonderful family, I am glad that I may have inspired you in some ways with my discussions, you have also done the same for me.

Keep up the excellent work.
Everyone benefits from the efforts and the information in a positive way!

Have a great day.


Guardianstone 2011-03-23 23:59:50 -0500 Report

You've done it again. Thank you for the help.
You any better? How are your sons?
God's love
Guardian stone

MAYS 2011-03-24 13:35:59 -0500 Report

Thank you.
I am doing fine, just a little sore while I am recovering from my surgery.
My sons are doing fine, growing taller every day it seems, thank you for asking.
God's love to you also.


Chrissy6341 2010-09-30 12:44:22 -0500 Report

I live in upstate NY. I am not sure if there are any of these stores any place else but they do have many items that are free or from $3.00 to $10.00 for a 3 month prescription. The name of the store is "Price Choppers". It is a supermarket with a pharmacy. Hope this helps.

lizzylady1 2010-07-21 17:20:03 -0500 Report

I dont know how many people are on insulin pumps here, but if any are, I found that the best way to get assistance for the supplies so far is to try to get the state insurance through medicare/medicaid.You dont have to be over a certain age, just low income and sick. It has made my pump affordable. If anyone has any other pump supply ideas, please post. Id love to know.

pkwillhoite 2011-03-23 23:38:19 -0500 Report

I recieve it because my boyfriend only gets unemployment and we qualified for medi cal in california.. If I didnt have that I wouldnt be able to take care of my diabetes. Thank you to the state of California.

mbenedict 2010-07-20 20:48:47 -0500 Report

if you need help affording insulin and pen needles go to if you meet the income guidlines you can get your insulin and needles free for a year thee are forms and you need to submit a tax return but beats trying to figure out how to pay for insulin and needles. talk to your dr or if you go to a clinic that has a pharmacist they can help get things going I was blessed by my dr office heling me i get 3 months of pens and pen needles at a time. makes my life so much easier since money is tighter than ever with how expensice things can get

Richard157 2010-07-18 11:18:18 -0500 Report

I think all diabetics should know that you can buy the Relion glucometer at Walmart for $9, and the strips cost about $20 for a box of 50. That is less than half as expensive as most name brand strips at a drugstore. I have a couple of Relion meters. They are just as good as any other meter i have used.

mo91108 2010-09-30 16:03:56 -0500 Report

I actually posted this as a product review because it wasn't on there that is what i use when my pescribed strips run out

lizzylady1 2010-07-21 17:15:37 -0500 Report

I agree. I have had one as a back-up in the past and liked it alot. You cant beat the price either. Great suggestion!

diabetesfree 2010-07-17 18:22:00 -0500 Report

Here are a few… - Volunteer group that helps Type 1 diabetics by providing free testing supplies. - Get a free One Touch blood glucose monitor from the manufacturer. - Master list of free and discounted help for diabetics.

There are also a number of pharmacies that are now offering free refills of some diabetes medications. Most of them are chain stores in the eastern U.S. Below are links to the ones I know about.

MAYS 2010-07-17 19:35:05 -0500 Report

We appreciate the contribution, feel free to add new ones at any given time.

MAYS 2010-07-17 09:03:13 -0500 Report

Just dropping off some additional sites concerning Free Glucose Meters

Taken from, Amy Tenderich's (Glucose Monitoring Tip - 6)

A couple of links for free meter offers that I’m aware of offhand include:

Patient Assistance Programs - Many of the big pharmaceutical companies have assistance programs for patients who are struggling financially. Have a look at these links for more information:

Other Advocacy Groups – Several offer free diabetes supplies to people in need, such as:

Or localized groups, like the Lion’s Club, listed here:


Lymy 2010-07-09 11:54:09 -0500 Report

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I will get some of your knowledge if I keep knocking on the door my friend. Computers and I have never gotten along, so I will pick your brain or your heart anytime I can get something I can use to help with Diabetes and how to navigate around this edumacated machine (that's my hubby's name for it). I gave it 5 stars.


MAYS 2010-07-01 18:52:26 -0500 Report

If anyone has any suggestions concerning structure or format of this information as well as adding additional information, please feel free to comment.

It would be great to have it structured according to services (meters, medications, services, supplies) etc.,
divisions and sub divisions would simplify posting and accessing information.

A community forum, which can be updated daily would be an ideal format, one location, unlimited information.

No need to search thru discussions for information.

Diabetes Awareness and Help thru Free Information.


Diane987 2010-07-01 19:40:10 -0500 Report

I have been on DC for less than a month and it seems everyday someone starts a discussion saying they have just been diagnosed and the don't have a clue what to do and/or they don't have insurance and don't know what to do. I think the best thing to do with these resources is to have links on the upper left corner of the website, one that says, "help for newly diagnosed" and one that says, "help for uninsured".

GabbyPA 2010-07-01 20:24:55 -0500 Report

That is an idea that you may want to suggest to John Crowley. He is always looking for ways to improve the site. Just drop him a note with your suggestion.

Lymy 2010-07-09 11:46:45 -0500 Report

Hi Diane,

Sorry you haven't heard from me in a while, but I have been under the weather with a tooth problem that will be a Root Canal next week. Anyway it doesn't seem like you have had much time for chatting. Looks like you have been a busy lady, not only helping yourself with our condition but lifting the weight off of many shoulders with your postings. Thank you, and way to go!

I hope the Advocates take your suggestions seriously and make this a friendlier and easier site to navigate. I haven't had much to do with Advocates lately. I know I have some of them listed on "My Friends" list yet I can count at least three that I have not heard one personal word from since joining almost a month ago. What is their function anyway?

I'm cutting it short today my friend as I need to eat and then run some errands.

Stay cool!

Diane987 2010-07-01 17:41:00 -0500 Report

Partnership for Prescription Assistance has many programs that peoplemay qualify for and the service is free. They even have several pharmaceutical companies that participate in their service. One stop shopping for lost cost/free meds. The website is:

Harlen 2010-07-01 17:40:50 -0500 Report

Thanks Mays
your a big help I too would like to see this be a ongoing thing
we all need help from time to time
Best wishes

RAYT721 2010-07-01 17:07:10 -0500 Report

Awesome list of resources, Mays!!! Thanks.

MAYS 2010-07-01 18:34:16 -0500 Report

Feel free to contribute to this discussion at anytime !

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daniel velazco 2010-07-04 22:07:14 -0500 Report

Also thereare many companies like AM Med Direct where you can get all types of supplies. Not only do they supply diabetic supplies but also medications. A link to these companies would also be great.

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