By tholz Latest Reply 2013-07-15 12:09:10 -0500
Started 2011-03-04 22:45:25 -0600

I am in need to fine real cheap supply's or free. Insurance will not pay for them and I need them. I need one touch ultra strips.

34 replies

Gemm 2011-03-06 12:49:44 -0600 Report

Glad I saw this. We will be without insurance soon and I'll be needing this info. (please do not ask me to elaborate on this)


momofadiabetic2 2011-03-06 09:21:35 -0600 Report

I don't know if u know about the diabeties care club but they r helping my daughter with getting her strips and a new meter the phone number is 18003548811, they seem to help with these things! I'm not paying for anything either so it may be a good thing to look into! Hope I can be some help bc it is frustrating not being able to get supplies u need! Take Care!!

Cari Lee
Cari Lee 2011-03-04 23:50:08 -0600 Report

I will try this again, ok? I have a Freestyle Lite Meter and 15 boxes of srtrips (50 in a box) that u can have if u want them. Some r dated to expire next month. (about 4 boxes) Please let me know so i can get them ready to ship if u want them.
Ur friend,

joni55 2011-03-04 23:58:40 -0600 Report

That is such a sweet thing to offer.

Cari Lee
Cari Lee 2011-03-05 00:02:09 -0600 Report

Thx. I just can't see not letting someone have them if they can use them. That seems like such a waste of supplies.

tholz 2011-03-04 23:30:17 -0600 Report

Have to spent 2,500 before they will pay for any thing. I call dr and they told me I cant come till I hear back from them. They never called. Mt friend go there she said thery wer accept new patinets. I have call one touch no go there either. I am just sorry I post this. I am ready to just give up. Just makes me cry.

veggie1962 2011-03-05 06:34:28 -0600 Report

What kind of insurance do you have? Is it a high deductible policy? Are you saying that even after you spend $2,500 they still won't pay for supplies?

I don't know what your transportation situation is but there is federally funded health center in Grand Rapids. Here is info about one particular location:

Our mission extends to all life cycles and this location addresses the needs of adults. The program has internal medicine specialists who deal with chronic illnesses and health care of adults. In addition to medical services, we have special programs devoted to diabetes and cardiovascular care. A registered dietician is available to address the dietary needs in chronic illness as well as diabetes education.

Ferguson Adult Health Center
75 Sheldon SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Medical: (616) 776-2400

It would be highly unusual if you are turned away here and they might be able to help you with your strip situation.

Regarding strips, you have several low cost options:

Walmart's ReliOn Brand. Meter as cheap as $9, strips about $20 for 50
Your local Walmart might have the "Sidekick" meter It is a vial of 50 strips with a small meter that fits over the top of the vial bottle. $20
Target's Up and Up brand. Priced about same as Walmart

If you are trying to get a meter for free you could call Glucocard and ask for "Inside Sales". Tell them your situation and ask for a free meter. The Glucocard 01 is the same meter as the ReliOn Confirm meter and the Glucocard 01 Mini is the same as the ReliOn Mini meter and uses the same strips that are sold at Wamart. Just make sure not to get the ReliOn Ultima strips. They won't work in the meter you would get from Glucocard


Good luck!

tholz 2011-03-05 12:36:34 -0600 Report

Thanks do they go by income. HUbby will not buy me a new meter when this one I have is good. We have a flex plan he put money into but cant use for any over the counter meds stuff. My stripes are over the counter. I will check it out. How did you fine out about this. Are you in GR. After we spent the 2,500 they will pay for it all. We never reach the it thought. It has to be on the blue sheild. I am the only one who gos to dr all other is well.

veggie1962 2011-03-05 19:21:23 -0600 Report

Sounds like you have a high deductible plan. I have that kind.

Who is your insurance company? I would highly recommend that you call customer service (or your pharmacy benefit manager if they have a separate company doing that vs the health care company itself) to find out what, if any, diabetic supplies are covered. If they are, ask what brand of strips are covered or are on the "preferred" list, those will cost you the least. If you can get a prescription for the strips, then that expense will go towards your deductible. For me, it would not take long to reach $2,500 in expenses.

In all honesty I have to say what good is the meter that you have if you can't afford the strips for it? You might as well not have the meter in that case if you can't use it!

if you can make it to the doctor, they can give you a prescription for a new meter if the one you already have is not covered under your insurance. The cost of the meter would then go towards your deductible. If you are going to be spending money, it might as well go towards the deductible.

If you can't get a new meter or prescription, call Glucocard to get a free meter and buy strips for it at Walmart.

I am not in GR. There is a website where you can locate a federally funded health center so I put in your city and found this place.

I really wish you the best in trying to get this figured out. I know it can sometimes be very confusing but keep asking questions if you're not getting the answers you need or don't understand the explanation!

Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help!

tholz 2011-03-06 00:13:08 -0600 Report

Thanks for doing the leg work for me. I dont go to dr only every 4 months to the diabect dr so no way we will ever reach the deductible. I did call the ins co. There no help sorry they say have to get to 2,500 before they pay for any thing.We have blus cross blue shield plus we have a flex plan where hubby put $ into every week but cant buy over the counter meds any more at all dum.I will call the number you gave me and will call dr on mon to get an app. I think if i get a pres I can use the flex card on it. We will see.Cant get new meter either unless I pay for it my self. This all make me sick and just want to cry over it and I have. Its hard to do stuff when I have the boys my grandkids. With the price of gas I try to do it on days I am already down town. So till we reach the 2,500 we are on are own so what good is ins for when they dont help at all. I will let you know what I fine out. Thanks for all your help.

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-03-05 15:13:27 -0600 Report

I'm pretty sure you -can- get a prescription for strips, or at least you can here in Kentucky. I was speaking to the pharmacist at wal-mart about it just the other day, he told me to have my doctor write me a prescription and then I could get my prescription assistance card to cover them.

Though you might also try buying strips on eBay, sometimes you can find huge lots with far away exp dates for really cheap. I just bought a lot of 250 for $34 for my true balance meter.

jayabee52 2011-03-04 22:57:57 -0600 Report

They have to be One touch strips? What WILL your insurance pay for? Better to get the strips insurance will pay for rather than try to scrounge for strips. If the ins co has changed the brand of meter they will cover, they need to provide the meter to use with the strips. Contact the ins. co. Seems like I've seen reports on DC lately of a lot of insurers switching meter brands. Wonder what's going on?

BTW, I've not seen you posting on DC for a while now. How's things by you?

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Blessings to you and yours


Steve45694 2011-03-06 19:02:21 -0600 Report

My insurance changed me to Accu-Chek Aviva from OneTouch because of the problem with their strips a few years back. I guess they were being made in China and the coding wasn't correct and giving false readings! That's what they told me, at least.

tholz 2011-03-04 23:09:49 -0600 Report

MY insurance will not pay for any of them so it doesnt matter which ones I use. I have had this meter for yrs. Cant afford a new one. I have called the ins co to.
I am doing ok been sick for a month. Cant seem to fine a family dr that will take me cuz I am new to them. Thanks

jayabee52 2011-03-04 23:23:56 -0600 Report

What is the reason they give for not supplying Diabetic Supplies? I didn't know an ins co could do something like that.

And I have heard Drs not taking on a patient because they're full and can't handle any more patients, but just because you're new?

If you contact one touch and tell them your situation sometimes they will provide strips for a while. But if you absolutely have to pay from your own pocket for meter and strips, I suggest switching to Reli-on meters and strips from Walmart. The strips aren't expensive, and the meter itself is under $20

Sorry to hear you were sick.

tholz 2011-03-04 23:17:42 -0600 Report

I have to reach a deducible before they will pay for them. I am not scrounge around for them.

jayabee52 2011-03-04 23:37:44 -0600 Report

did you try on her profile, or your profile. Cari posted on your profile. If you're not on Cari's friends list, you might want to invite her so you can exchange contact information. Not a good idea to post contact info on a public board like this.

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