I recently lost my insurance and searched for a while for a convienent glucose meter with cheap test strips. I ended up getting the "Tru 2 Go" meter from walgreens, only $10 at walgreens and usually comes with a $10 mail in rebate. The meter is very convinent, snaps to the top of the test strip bottle and is very small. I found the strips at http://www.diabetessupplies4less.com for $24.98 per 100. I've been looking around for low prices on insulin, I loaded up on prescriptions before I lost my insurance but I'm going to need more soon. The lowest prices I've found so far are at www.northwestpharmacy.com I'm on Lantus and Novolog. Novolog is 44.99/vial and Lantus is 93.99/vial. I use pens now but I'll be switching to vials and syringes again, vials are cheaper than cartridges and syringes are cheaper than pen needles. Hope this helps.
Thank you Chrispy! I have the True 2 Go meter, but the test strips are super spendy. I will check out the website for the supplies. I also use Northwest Pharmacy on line. I buy Humalog vials from them. But, if the Novolog is more affordable I don't have a problem switching they both do the same thing. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post.
Hi Yolanda. I just joined this site and group - I've been without insurance most of my 43 years of diabetes (type 1). A year ago I qualified for Medicaid, so am getting supplies free (Amazing!!! We should ALL have this!!!) But I am familiar with the problem.
Test strips are always a challenge $-wise. I found the best deals on sites like Amazon and Ebay - People selling strips they don't need at a huge discount sometimes. Just search for your meter type, or get a meter(s) of the type(s) for which you see the most strips offered on these sites.I was getting 100 strips for under $25 this way for years. I live near Canada and went there for insulin, as others here suggest. Best price there was at the grocery store (Overwaitea?) pharmacy.
If your hands are coordinated, you can mimic an insulin pen with a syringe - Just fill it, carry it capped in a toothbrush holder in your purse and push the plunger x # of units for doses. I kept the basal insulin the same way but don't forget to clearly mark that syringe so as not to mix them up! Syringes can be found very cheaply - 100 for $13 online. Reusing the needle never caused me any problem in the 25 years I used this technique. Now I am on a pump. Better for bg control, but a lot more expensive.
Hope some of this helps. Good luck and hang in there!
Hi! I read your post and was curious; does Medicaid pay for your pump and supplies? If so, what state are you in? I am on a pump, and am needing assistance pronto!
Hello Mocha. Sorry to hear about your job loss. I am in Idaho; not the worst for Medicaid coverage and not the best, I am told. They cut a lot of benefits recently, but so far my pump and supplies continue to be covered. They are paying for my Animas Ping in 10 monthly installments. Applying takes forever and is grueling. But if you can get on, do - truly amazing to be able to go to the doc/pharmacy anytime for free!
Hi Ms. Linda,
I was just let go from my job, and am in a panic because, my insurance went with it. Just last week I contacted my doctor and let the office know what was going on. They had me come in and speak with a nurse that finds financial aid. This was helpful, as I am on an Omnipod pump system. I am due to call her back this week to see what help they found. I will let the forum know what assistance is available. But in the meantime, I went to the Lilly website for Humalog, and filled out their medical assistance program form. They will give you up to a year's worth of insulin free of charge if you meet their qualifications. Only thing is, you must have a doctor, because they will ship the supplies to the doc's office, not your home, and a doctor has to fill out their portion. Not sure what state you are in, but I was thinking, even if you had to go to a county/state medical center, perhaps you could ask them if they'd mind filling out the paperwork.
My best suggestion is to go straight to the manufacturer and see if they have a financial assistance program you can enroll in. Hope this helps!