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Re: [IP] where do you get help when you can't afford diabetes ?

to Laura- 
 we are listed as 2 individual employees and we do have 2 kids under different
policy and they are their own policy holders-

for my husband and myself we pay a out 900 monthly with 2850 deductible - 

I just cannot afford it 

 I have tried ada and they referred me to bunch of organizations.... all saying
they would help those without insurance- some do help with if you cannot afford
your deductible and we are on the cusp of eligibility- we make too much to
qualify and don't make enough to afford.... it's a circus

 I am rolling coins as we speak to go get another bottle- I am going to bring in
all my rolled pennies to the pharmacy when I pick up my next rx of insulin

Leigh Blackistone 
email @ redacted 
404 . 644 . 4737 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Laura Shapiro" <email @ redacted> 
To: email @ redacted 
Sent: Thursday, May 5, 2011 10:17:56 AM 
Subject: Re:[IP] where do you get help when you can't afford diabetes ? 

Leigh, we're self employed also and I can relate. 
We did get into an insurance company as two individual employees of a small 
group. That was the only way we obtained coverage. 

I believe they have to allow two people to make up a group as long as you both 
work for the business. Fortunately for us, we did this several years ago and 
were grandfathered into an insurance company. We got a letter this year 
reminding us we are sheltered in, and not paying what we probably would be 
 paying if we werent! I select the most affordable option among programs (decent
coverage, $500 deductible but have to pay $2500 or more for a new pump). 

I do not use a broker, because I can easily shop rates better, but again based 
 on having us both listed as two separate employees (we do not have kids). I
the Blue Cross rates maybe five years ago were $1000 or more per month, we are 
still under $900 for two of us. 

Your state may have a high risk pool or some sort of assistance programs. I do 
 know ours will not allow a voluntary drop of insurance. The other day a gal
my arthritis group she obtained help through the local university hospital 
system and it works well for her. That is another option if you have something 
like that. It is kind of crazy that no one will take us if we voluntarily stop 
our insurance payments, even if we cannot afford them! 

Insulin-wise, or for other meds, you can often get on a program where you can 
get things for free for awhile. I believe the ADA has info on their web site 
(and maybe dLife.com). 

Feel free to email me if you have any questions. If it is possible to get 
yourselves listed as two employees, no family rates, you will be better off if 
you can. (I dont know if you have children to cover). I usually get packages 
from every major HMO type company in town, and have the numbers run. 
Laura in NM 
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