Things that might be beneficial to do:
- Apply for Medicaid: Even if you are certain you will be denied coverage, many assistance programs require that you have a Medicaid denial letter before they can help you.
- When you visit a free clinic: Request a doctor write you a letter stating your glucose testing needs, and frequency. You might even want to bring any applications for patient assistance, as many require initialing and stating frequency of testing, for glucose strips, or even an Rx from a doctor.
- Keep your pay stubs: If you are working, however little, KEEP THOSE STUBS. Also keep your latest food stamp approval letter, if you have any. You can use it for all kinds of things, even a hardship deferment on any student loans, from college, that you might have.
- Contact your local colleges: In some areas, universities with a college of medicine might partner to help offer low cost, or no cost, medical services, as a branch Medicaid, which don't require as many hoops. Sometimes, they even partner with local transportation services, to offer low cost transportation to those who live far from their facilities. An example of such a program is IowaCare, previously known as "State Papers."
- Keep on eye on newspapers or the internet (pharmaceutical sites, diabetes forums, glucose meter manufacturing sites, pharmacy sites) for coupons, free glucose meter offers, or glucose tab/gel samples, and other accessories: Sometimes you can find a coupon that, combined with an item that is on sale, can get you that item for free.
- Google free clinics for your county, or city, or call your local Department of Health Services to ask. They WILL know. (Local churches, and other non-profit organizations will likely know, as well.)
- The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics
- Free Clinics of Iowa
- Primary Health Care (in Iowa)
- Samaritan House (San Mateo, and Redwood City, California)
Free Birth Control and Pap Smears:
Assistance with Prescription Medications:
Assistance with Glucose Strips and Meters, Medications, or Insulin:
Free Eye Exams:
Free Dental Clinics:
- Find Free Dental Clinics and Treatment By State and County/City
- Free Dental Care Finder
- Contact Your Local Department of Human Services Office for Local Resources, or Sliding Scale Clinics
Free Podiatry Clinics:
- California School of Podiatric Medicine (Once a year, for three days. San Ysidro, California)
- Clínica Tepati (Sacramento, California)
- NYC Free Clinic
- Free/Sliding Scale Clinics in Pittsburgh
- Hanover Interfaith Clinics : Ashland Christian (Disciples of Christ) Free Podiatry Clinic
302 S. James St.
Ashland, VA 23005
Phone: (804) 752-3456
Fax: (804) 752-3535
Co-Directors: Jennifer Sydnor & Marcie Moyer
If you have any suggestions or know of any other programs or services, please feel free to contact me, and I'll gladly add them to the list.