what do people do when they have no health insurance but need insulin

i was recently laid off. i have enough insulin for about a month but then its run out. my dr's office gave me a few samples but told me they cannot give me anymore. anyone have any suggestions? thanks jess

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I am unsure of where you could get more but you could extend it by lowering your carb intake to make your rapid acting insulin last longer.
Yes thats what ive been doing...
Thanks you for the link. Appreciated. I will check it out!.

Spent many decades with no insurance so very familiar with the routine.

Go off the "expensive" insulins and go to the cheapest available. e.g. Wal-Mart ReliOn at about $25 a vial for R and N. And use the vials until they are completely empty. Re-use syringes. Use cheap store-brand test strips in the cheap store brand meters.

The place you'll really be surprised at, is how much simple lab tests like A1C cost when you don't have insurance. The mark up to the uninsured is obscene. e.g. When I have insurance the insurance company pays like $5 for the A1C test and I have to pay nothing. When I don't have insurance I have to pay $70+ for the A1C test. Just obscene.

Yes i agree. I got a bill for 600 b/c i reordered some supplys the day i was laid off thinking i had the rest of the month w/ insurance. Not the case. Is it safe to switch fast acting insulins? Does it make a difference?

If you're on MDI, there are several options. Walmart has $25/vial R and NPH insulins. Not ideal, but will keep you alive. Just remember that Regular insulin requires 30-40 minutes to kick in.

If you can get an Rx from your doctor, you may find that it's cheaper to order from Canada. I know some people here do that and can probably direct you to reputable sites.

You can also ask about Eli Lilly's assistance program, which I believe is included in the link Marie provided.

Walmart also now has really cheap meters and test strips.

Depending on your state, there may be additional assistance programs available through your state Medicaid office. You should call there as well to get that ball rolling, just in case.

I have also found that you can sometimes find cheap test strips online that people are selling via sites like ebay. Just make sure to check the expiration date before purchasing.

Mdi. Is that medicaid? If so i am not on it. I got laid off a month ago n had ghi. I use novalog flex pens. I have alot of lantis pens b/c my friends husband is type one n had extra. Im still good w/ the test strips. Im just low on the novalog. I called my pharmacy. Its 87 dollars a pen w/ no insur. So i will look into those websites. Thanks for the info

MDI stands for multiple daily injections

Oh lol. Sorry i havent had diabetes that long...yes im def mdi for sure!

It's probably a silly question but can you afford to pick up the COBRA coverage?

My boss nvr offered me it. I had to file a claim against him. He knows i have diabetes so i definatley needed cobra :(




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