Islets of Hope for persons with diabetes
According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diabaetes spend an average of $13,243 a year on health care expenses.
IOH Proudly supports the work of the ADA
Many states have laws requiring that insurance companies cover diabetes care products. This includes syringes, test strips, lancing devices, and test meters in addition to medications. Items typically not covered include glucose tablets, supplements recommended by your physician, diabetes medical alert accessories, insulin pump wear (but insulin pumps should be covered), bandaids, alcohol pads, and numbing creams. To see a list of which states have laws governing diabetes coverage see our Legal Resources page.
Be wary of companies that charge big fees for "free" medications!
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Assistance programs for free or reduced-cost insulin and prescription medications and diabetes prescription supplies
Islets of Hope provides this information for general information and it is not intended to be a recommendation or endorsement of any program or entity. Please contact the company directly as information may change, programs may be discontinued, or there may be certain changes in restrictions for qualifying for assistance.
Hock's offers 30-50% discounted prices on diabetes supplies. We cannot specifically recommend or endorse any company but we have been listing Hock's in our resource directory for over a year as one of the two cheapest online companies to purchase from. We recently affiliated with Hock's because our own experience with them has been so positive. If you do place an order through our site, they will contribute financially towards our cause and you will get reasonable prices for diabetes supplies.
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About Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs)
PAPs qualifications, restrictions, requirements, and services vary considerably. However, the following are links to assist you or your patients with getting free or reduced-cost prescriptions. Islets of Hope is not responsible for individual claims and web content that may be found in these links and cannot recommend or endorse any particular program.
In general, prescriptions are required for all PAPs and eligibility will be limited to one year or less. Typically, programs deliver in 3-month quantities with refills being shipped within five to ten business days. Be sure to ask questions and understand what is covered and not covered before applying for assistance through any program.
If you are using a service that charges a fee for helping you to find a program or process an application be sure to check out the organization thoroughly. Most PAPs do not require a fee, or, if they do, it should be a very nominal administrative charge. Be wary of organizations or individuals who charge large fees and make empty promises, especially for programs that you can apply to on your own. To find out more about bogus health care fraud you can visit QuackWatch, a website run by a doctor that reports to be "Your Guide to Quackery, Health Fraud, and Intelligent Decisions."
Patient assistance program specialists, social workers, doctor's offices, etc. may be able to help you complete an application properly so don't necessarily pass over a service that does have a reasonable fee in volved. Incomplete assistance program applications or those not properly filled out will be declined.
In addition to the national resources found in the link above you can also view our state's listing of local assistance programs and resources: Find your state's local assistance resources.
Page Updated 09/30/2007