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Re: [IP] Test Strips- Any Bargains




Thanks Aimee-
(Yes, I'm appealing, along with turning over every rock I can find in order to scrounge supplies. So far without much luck- although I have found possible sources for some drugs I need for my gastroparesis- maybe when I get all this together, I can write a FAQ. The two hardest voids to fill are pump supplies from Diesetronic and test strips (I use about 300 a month).  Pharmaceutical companies often have 'Medical Needs' Programs, (Patient Care for the Indigent) including, Eli Lilly, who will supply various quantities of drugs for various lengths of time, if you can get your doc to do the paperwork.  Well, I'm still turning over stones and will continue to do so.  Thanks for your help and support.
Dianne

 ---- On Jun 17 Aimee tesney <email @ redacted> wrote: 
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> 
> 
> >To Dianne, who wrote:
> >Since I've become disabled, lost my insurance and am not considered 
> >eligible for Medicaid or Medicare (I make too much money on my $900. 
> >disability check!- about $500 now goes for diabetes related drugs and 
> >supplies and I'm in desperate need of finding any way to get $$ off on test 
> >strips - or better yet, getting some gratis, if possible.  Any ideas on 
> >what I might do?
> >(PS  I called Lifescan and they graciously sent me 50 strips - which will 
> >last me about 5 days!)
> >Dianne email @ redacted
> >
> >       I am not a medicaid/medicare specialist, but I am a social worker, 
> >and if there's one thing I know, it's when benefits of any kind are denied, 
> >APPEAL, APPEAL, APPEAL!!!!!   The more times you appeal in the ssi/ssdi 
> >system, the more likely you are to be approved.  I know this isn't a 
> >solution for the short term, but it could pay off in the long run, 
> >especially if your disability is permanent.  Also, the social security 
> >administration has a web site (sorry, I do not have the address off hand, 
> >but you can easily find it using any search engine), which may have some 
> >good info, once you wade through it all.
>      You may want to check out local resouces for health care -- some 
> agencies in my area will help out with medical supplies for people who are 
> uninsured.  Your church may also help short term.  Community hospitals may 
> also have programs that can help.   You might also look into agencies that 
> can help in other areas (rent, tuition, ect.)  that can free up monies to 
> use for strips.
>    Hope some of this helps -- hang in there!
> Aimee
> >
> >
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