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KarlaDaniels
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Help With Test Strips

I need help buying the test strips.  I am not currently testing because I cannot buy them.  In fact, right now, I have no income whatsoever.  I have no insurance.  I can find programs giving a discount-but i still can't pay the balance.  I do not qualify for Medicaid or anything of that nature because I do not have children.  Does anyone know of any type of program or anything that will take care of this?  Thanks for your help.

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Hornet62
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Check the nearest Walmart.  They have started a new program with the ReliOn Prime meter and strips.  The meter is a little over 16 bucks and 50 strips for 9 bucks.


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I am sorry to hear this. What makes you think you don't q...

I am sorry to hear this. What makes you think you don't qualify for Medicaid? Medicaid isn't just for children. Are you getting public assistance?

Yes states have programs for families with children that may be part of Medicaid but your state should also have Medicaid assistance for adults.

Another possibility is if you live near a town or city with a large teaching hospital with clinics you might be able to get your glucose meter and strips

for free.

Wha state do you live in? Knowing that will help in finding what resources are available that you can look into.

I do wish you the best and am glad you are here.

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Re: Help With Test Strips


KarlaDaniels wrote:

I need help buying the test strips.  I am not currently testing because I cannot buy them.  In fact, right now, I have no income whatsoever.  I have no insurance.  I can find programs giving a discount-but i still can't pay the balance.  I do not qualify for Medicaid or anything of that nature because I do not have children.  Does anyone know of any type of program or anything that will take care of this?  Thanks for your help.


The link below, help with insurance and supplies will give you lots of resources for both medical care and medications.  Just click on it.

 

Lizzy

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Here's some useful links, click on the titles


Testing 101
 
 All About Carbs

Resources For The Un-insured and Discount Medicine and Equipment

LizzyLou Videos



Lizzy's Blog
for lots more  


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CollegeLady1
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Re: Help With Test Strips


KarlaDaniels wrote:

I need help buying the test strips.  I am not currently testing because I cannot buy them.  In fact, right now, I have no income whatsoever.  I have no insurance.  I can find programs giving a discount-but i still can't pay the balance.  I do not qualify for Medicaid or anything of that nature because I do not have children.  Does anyone know of any type of program or anything that will take care of this?  Thanks for your help.


Medicaid covers adults with chronic/disabling diseases, of which diabetes is one.  It just takes a bit of time and effort but you probably qualify.  Check with your city or county Health and Human Services to see if there is a low income health program for adults.  Also check with your state's HHS about Medicaid.  Also, check with some pharmacies such as WalMart, Walgreen's and CVS to see if they have programs that can get your supplies for little or no money.  You can get a meter with about 10 strips (such as One Touch) by sending in your mailing info.  I think Liberty Mutual is offering a free meter right now too.  However, the strips will be the more expensive part so check with pharmacies to see if they have a plan.  I know CVS did because I used it to get my strips for a few months. 

 

I'm on a low income health program run by my county's medical program - and have been for three years - so my meds, strips and tests are covered but not the lancets - very confusing.  I'm still waiting to see if I qualify for SSA disability, then the Medicaid will kick in. I've been approved for some benefits from SSA, the full amount and details I'll find out tomorrow, but the Medicare portion is still "pending". 

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KarlaDaniels
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Re: Help With Test Strips

I have a Reli-On Meter I purchased in 2001.  Could I still use that one with the $9 strips or is it a different meter?

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KarlaDaniels
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Re: Help With Test Strips

i have checked with the medicaid agency in my town and am told that unless you havve children, you must be elderly or disabled to qualify for Medicaid.  I'm not sure what having children as to do with it, but those are the rules unfortunately.  

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KarlaDaniels
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The only thing we receive is food stamps.  i am told that unless you have children you must be elderly or disabled to receive medicaid.    I do live about 2 hours away from the University of Kentucky hospital so I will check with them.  That is a great idea.  Thanks!  

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KarlaDaniels wrote:

I need help buying the test strips.  I am not currently testing because I cannot buy them.  In fact, right now, I have no income whatsoever.  I have no insurance.  I can find programs giving a discount-but i still can't pay the balance.  I do not qualify for Medicaid or anything of that nature because I do not have children.  Does anyone know of any type of program or anything that will take care of this?  Thanks for your help.


In another thread about Walmart (http://community.diabetes.org/t5/Adults-Living-with-Type-2/Test-Strips-available-at-Wal-Mart-for-9-p...

 

Link for ReliOn Prime:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/ReliOn-Prime-Blood-Glucose-Monitoring-System-Blue/20752266

 

I haven't tried them, but check out the conversation.  I think someone has.

 

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Re: Help With Test Strips


KarlaDaniels wrote:

I have a Reli-On Meter I purchased in 2001.  Could I still use that one with the $9 strips or is it a different meter?


 

The Relion Prime is a new meter and its strips won't work with the old meter.  If your old meter is the Ultima model, you can still get strips for it.  They are cheaper than than nationallly advertised brands, but not as cheap as the new Prime. According to the Walmart website:

 

Ultima Meter - $14.98

Ultima Strips 20ct. - $8.98

Ultima Strips 50ct. - $19.98

Ultima Strips 100ct. - $36

 

As you can see, after the first fifty strips, it would be cheaper to go ahead and buy the new meter and fifty strips for a total of $25.24.


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