02-17-2011 11:56 PM - edited 10-14-2011 01:55 PM
Click on the red titles in each category
Free or Sliding Scale Clinics - check out all sites because they have different sources. You may find different ones on different sites.
Unite For Sight, Inc. - Free Clinics: Community Based Clinics
Just type your state in and receive a listing of the facilities in your area. I tested this with my area and the information was correct and timely.
Free / Low-Cost Health Clinic Finder -.PPAP
This is a service of the Partnership Prescription Assistance Program. You type in your zip code and a list of clinics in your area is given.
Medical and health Assistance for Native Americans and Alaskan Citizens. The second link is a quick-guide for Diabetes care.
Hill-Burton Free and Reduced-Cost Health Care
In 1946, Congress passed a law that gave hospitals, nursing homes and other health facilities grants and loans for construction and modernization. In return, they agreed to provide a reasonable volume of services to persons unable to pay and to make their services available to all persons residing in the facility’s area. The program stopped providing funds in 1997, but about 200 health care facilities nationwide are still obligated to provide free or reduced-cost care.
Health Insurance Assistance
This program is meant to provide people who have a pre-existing condition with comprehensive health coverage at the same price healthy people pay while receiving benefits at any qualified provider of their choice. It was designed as a bridge until the new insurance rules go into effect in 2014, when all Americans will have access to health insurance. Currently, 27 states administer their own plans for their residents while 23 plans are administered by the federal government. Thus, no matter which state in which you reside, there is an option.
CCF - Center for Children and Families
This is the main site which explains the various programs. These programs are by state with different qualification for different states.
Most states cover both children and pregnant women and many cover families meeting the income criteria.
Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
This is a list of qualification by state.
Help With Medications, Testing Supplies and Insulin
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
This is a non-profit clearing house founded by Montel Williams which assists in finding resources for the uninsured and those below certain income levels. They have an 800 number where you can speak to a counselor who will help you to get in touch with various programs.
This is a 501(c)(3) non-profit information resource which helps people in need find assistance programs to help them afford their medications and costs related to health care. It's similar to the Partnership for Prescription Assistance Program above.
Abbott Freestyle Promise Program - you can also get a free meter and test strips for as low as $15.00 a month for 100 strips, at least that's what they claim.
Bayer SimpleWins Patient Assist. Prg - Bayer Contour meters and strips and other Bayer products.
Accu-chek Aviva Discount Program
This is for the Accu-Chek Aviva meter only. You must have a prescription for the strips as far as I know. The discount card comes in the box when you buy the meter. You can activate it on-line. Here's a claim from the site:
About the ACCU-CHEK Connect prescription discount card
The discount will be automatically applied each time you use your ACCU-CHEK Connect prescription discount card with a valid prescription. The card ensures you'll pay no more than $15 on every test strip prescription.*
*Limitations apply. Maximum discount up to $50 per prescription after primary insurance and $15 patient payment. Not valid for ACCU-CHEK Comfort Curve or ACCU-CHEK Active test strips. Not valid for prescriptions paid by Medicare, Medicaid or other government programs, or where prohibited by law. Cash-paying customers may also be eligible. See reverse side of card for complete program details. I called them and they said for cash payments the discount is $20.00 for 50 strips and $40.00 for 100.
They also said the discount works for the Compact meter as well.
Here's some other resources on line for the Accu-Chek (remember you have to buy the meter to get the card)
AC meter and strips at Amazon
Amazon mail order
I think the draw back with buying strips from Amazon might be that you have to have a prescription filled to get the discount. But you can still buy the meter that comes with a few strips there to get the discount card.
Lower Cost Generic Store Brand testing supplies
- most of these can be bought over the counter without a prescription.
Truetest meters and strips
These are available in stores such as RiteAid, CVS, Target, and Walgreens as well as online from different sources.
Prices vary widely, for instance Amazon has 100 strips for $39. which works out to 40 cents each RiteAid has 100 for $69. RiteAid and different retail stores frequently run sales though.
From my observation the best prices are on-line. Using a search engine such as "The Find" you can get multiple listings and see prices. BE CAREFUL when you buy from on-line sources. In some cases the strips are close to the expiration date. Make sure you choose a reputable site which may not be the cheapest one. Also, shipping should be factored into the price, try to get free shipping whenever possible
TrueTest Strips on TheFind.
WalMart testing supplies - see separate Walmart entry below.
Insulin Pumps and Supplies:
Free insulin pumps and pump supplies
If your doctor has recommended an insulin pump but you cannot afford one, start by calling the pump company on this link. Most have some sort of assistance program or they may be able to direct you to other support organizations. Pump companies may even offer you a contracted or reduced rate if you plead your case. Even if they cannot offer you any financial assistance, if they give you a cheaper price, you have less to find funding for to cover on your own.
There is also a "pump exchange" site where supplies can be donated and also people in need may be able to obtain some:
Eli Lilly - Lilly Cares Program - their products include:
Glucagon™ (glucagon for injection )
Humalog® (insulin lispro injection )
Humalog® Mix75/25™ (75% Insulin lispro protamine suspension, 25% insulin lispro injection )
Humalog® Mix50/50™ (50% Insulin lispro protamine suspension, 50% insulin lispro injection )
Novo Nordisk Patient Asst. Prg. for Diabetics Their products include:
NovoLog® Mix 70/30
Insulin Delivery Systems
Sanofi-Aventis U.S. Patient Assistance Program
WalMart human insulins - see separate Walmart entry below.
Amylin Pharmaceuticals » Patient Assistance Program
WalMart - testing supplies and insulin.
WalMart has several brands of glucose monitors and test strips available at much lower prices than the name brands. They also have a mail-order program where strip prices are even cheaper.
No prescription is needed to buy monitors and/or strips. All products are available in stores and some on-line.
ReliOn Monitors and test strips
ReliOn test strips 300 count
ReliOn Insulin and related items
Walmart and Sam’s Club ReliOn insulins are made by Eli Lilly and Company.
The Humulin ReliOn brand of insulin will include the following types of insulin:
• Humulin® N U-100 (NPH human insulin isophane suspension)
• Humulin® R U-100 (regular insulin human injection, USP )
• Humulin® 70/30 (70% human insulin isophane suspension, 30% human insulin injection )
I couldn't find an on-line source, but they are available in all stores. I checked the prices in my area and all types were $24.88 a vial. They may be less expensive in other areas of the country.
Different states have different rules for buying insulin and syringes. Use this link to find the rules for your state:
IOH - State Prescription Laws for Syringes and Insulin
Book recommended for anyone using insulin:
Think Like a Pancreas
Walmart also has many generic drugs available at low cost:
Walmart Low Cost Prescription Plan
Misc. Services and Products
Lions club/ sight programs
Having many programs including assistance in getting glasses.
U.S. Second Harvest Food Bank Locator
FREE Diabetes ID Necklace
When I find more I'll add them to this list for all resources. If you find any please let me know.
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