I know from personal experience that receiving the news that you have diabetes is upsetting, but the good news is with the proper diet and (in some cases) medication, you can manage the disease. Another downfall, though, is the cost of diabetic supplies, needed services such as eye exams, and other things for diabetics. Unfortunately, it's one of those expenses we can't cut from our budgets because managing diabetes is a necessity in order to keep our limbs and eyesight, as well as continue living.
Although we can't eliminate the expense from our budgets, luckily there are some diabetic freebies out there that can at least offer us some savings. Let's begin with the supplies that we need to help us manage diabetes.
- FreeStyle Blood Glucose Meter
- OneTouch Verio Flex Meter
- Monitors, Syringes and More for Northern Nevada Residents
Sign up to get a blood glucose meter from Abbott. This free meter does NOT come via postal mail. Instead, you'll receive a voucher to redeem at a participating pharmacy near you.
In addition to the free blood glucose meter from Abbott, you can get free replacement batteries for FreeStyle's blood glucose meters.
The OneTouch meter uses technology that lets you know when your blood sugar levels are in or out of range. To set reminders and better manage your diabetes, use this meter with the OneTouch Reveal app. If you qualify to get this free blood glucose meter, you will need a prescription from your doctor.
If you're a diabetic living in Northern Nevada and have a low income, you can get free diabetic supplies every month from the CARE Chest diabetic supplies program. The diabetic supplies include blood glucose monitors, syringes, lancets and test strips. The program also helps with medicine and medical equipment.
If you're uninsured and haven't seen an ophthalmologist in a year or more, EyeCare America has a program that offers a free glaucoma eye exam. Keep in mind, they won't write prescriptions for or cover the cost of glasses.
The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics has 1,200 medical clinics across the United States. These clinics offer free and low-cost healthcare to those who may not have health insurance, are underinsured and/or are low income. You can do a quick search on their website to see if there's a clinic near you. Just enter your city and state or zipcode in the address field. Then select the number of miles you're willing to travel to receive healthcare.
The diabetes freebies from OneSight Vision Care Clinics include free eye exams and glasses to adults and children, worldwide. To learn more about them and get additional information, head to OneSight.
Mission Cataract USA helps anyone who has poor vision as a result of cataracts. To qualify for the free cataract surgery, your glasses must not be correcting the problem, and as a result, it's affecting your activities of daily living. Also, you must have no way of paying for the surgery, so if you have Medicare, Medicaid or third party insurance coverage, you won't meet the qualifications.
Operation Sight, through ASCRS, is another organization with surgeons who donate their time to perform free cataract surgery. Unlike Mission Cataract USA, you can have insurance but you must be underinsured, which means your insurance won't cover the cataract surgery. Also, your income must be low. The ASCRS website provides further details about the program as well as eligibility information.
If you're ever in an emergency situation where you're unconscious or unable to speak, the free diabetes alert necklace from the Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation could save your life. Well, this one isn't 100% free, but the only cost is a self-addressed stamped envelope, which is a very small price when it comes to something that could save your life, right?
Part of being a diabetic is giving up sugar and replacing it with sweeteners. When it comes to choosing a sweetener you like, sometimes that can take a little time as you try out different brands. If you're still looking for a brand or would just like to sample a new one, Truvia is giving away two free single-serve packets of their natural sweetener, along with a $1.00-off coupon for any of their products.
I hope this list of diabetes freebies helps you get the things you can't afford, so you can manage your diabetes. I'll keep watching for more free diabetic supplies, services and products. When I discover more freebies for diabetics, I'll be sure to update this article and announce the update in my newsletter as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
Do you know of any diabetes freebies that aren't mentioned above? Please share them in the comments area below.
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