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RESOURCE: Prescription Assistance Programs

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Living with diabetes requires prescriptions.  Regardless of type, we at least need a blood glucose meter and test strips.  And there are likely other prescriptions as well - oral medications and injectables and the supplies that go with them.  Even with good insurance, the co-pay costs add up quickly.  

Did you know there may be ways to save on your prescription costs?  The American Diabetes Association has put together a list of discount programs for those with limited resources.  They have also listed Patient Assistance Programs from many drug companies.  You can find both lists here: 

http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/health-insurance/prescription-assistance.html

I used to have a Bayer discount card that absorbed some of the costs of my test strip co-pay, and a Sanofi card that offered a $0 co-pay for my Apidra insulin.  Unfortunately, my insurance provider no longer honors those cards, but until then they were very helpful.  There wasn't anything needed to qualify for these particular cards - I just had to request one.  (It's been a while, so I don't know if those two programs still exist today.). 

Have you used any prescription programs and would you recommend them?

posted Jul 19 in Resource by KarenG (16,340 points)

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I have found the Bayer discount card - it still exists.  Even if you have insurance, you are eligible.  You would pay the first $15 of your co-pay and then the card would cover up to $35 of the remaining co-pay.  

https://www.contournextpro.com/meter-strip-savings/contour-choice-program/

answered Jul 19 by KarenG (16,340 points)
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