New to this site and needing some help

By DavidWidener Latest Reply 2010-08-24 19:55:56 -0500
Started 2010-08-22 20:11:58 -0500

I have been diabetic type 2 for a few years now and up until April of this year I was covered under insurance but then was layed off. I made payments to keep my insurance by doing odd jobs here and there but then I was injured and had to have shoulder surgery which made it impossible to keep the insurance with no money coming in. Now I and at the end of my diabetic supplies and meds and no money and no insurance to get more. Does anyone have advice as to what I can do to get what I need?

7 replies

alanbossman 2010-08-24 09:52:47 -0500 Report

If you are on metformin you can get it free from Publix

GabbyPA 2010-08-24 19:55:56 -0500 Report

I just found out that the FREE is only temporary. It could be dropped as soon as October. The free antibiotics was supposed to be temporary, but it has gone on for 3 years now. So keep your fingers crossed that it stays this way.

realsis77 2010-08-24 08:29:17 -0500 Report

Hi david! Look to see if the meter company's have any patient services, sometimes if you qualify you can get your meds for free. There are many programs out there its just finding them that is the difficult part. I would do so internet searching. I know bayer gives a one time supply oF. Strips to go with the countour meter. I just called the company and asked. You can find out oneline numbers and give the big drug companys a call its likely they can help you! Good luck to you and I hope you find a helpful program!

GabbyPA 2010-08-23 17:58:30 -0500 Report

Hi David and welcome to the community.
I am in your boat and sometimes it feels like the water comes in faster than my pail and bail it out. But here are some things I have found that have worked for me.

I called the hospital and found a clinic that will take me on a sliding scale. My labs cost me $5 and my doctor visits cost me $10. They will also offer free prescriptions, but I am trying to still keep myself going without that for now.

I shop around for the best deals on prescriptions and found I can get one of them for free from my local grocer and the others I can get cheaper if I get them 3 months at a time. There are many pharmacies that offer some plans that get you the generic for about $4 a month.

If you are in need of insulin, contact this company and they get your information and will find you programs that will help you out. 877-331-0362

I also purchase my test strips from Ebay. You do need to be wise in who you buy from, but I have been buying for over 2 years now and I can get some great deals. Just always check the expiration and make sure the codes are for your meter.

There are many, many discussions here that will offer you other ideas as well. Just cruise them and see what you can find.

monkeymama 2010-08-22 22:51:09 -0500 Report

Hello there David!II am sorry to hear about everything you are having to go through. I can honestly feel the stress it can cause going through this and everything else on your plate. Walmart and Target offer a great deal on $4 prescriptions. Also, you might try to look into local clinics for people in little to no income for further assistance. There are times when I lost my insurance temporarily and had to ask the doctor for samples or other ideas. I know where I live, the Salvation Army offers assistance through their clinics for medications, medical needs, and that. These are just some helps directions and i duly hope this sheds a little help. What type of meter are using for testing? I might be able to help you with testing supplies. A friend of mine had given me some extra supplies and I might be able to try to help you a little with the testing thing. Try in hang in there and I wish you the very best.

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