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How do you get free diabetic testing supplies?

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Patients with Medicare Part B qualify for blood sugar testing monitors and blood sugar test strips. The patient's individual circumstances, including if he has other insurance, affect the cost, if any, for the supplies, according to Medicare.gov. Some patients must pay a co-pay for the supplies.

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Most pharmaceutical companies provide people who are unable to purchase diabetic supplies with financial assistance, according to the American Diabetes Association. Each program has specific criteria that the patient must meet in order to qualify.

The FreeStyle Promise Program offers free test strips for patients without public insurance, according to NeedyMeds. The program is a co-pay assistance program with no income limits for patients. As of 2015, a patient calls the program to qualify and requires a prescription from his doctor. The program provides a decision within two to four business days and sends a card to the patient within two weeks for use at the pharmacy. The program also provides a FreeStyle meter to the member.

Riche Diagnostics provides test strips to community clinics and health centers to distribute to patients without insurance or who meet other low-income guidelines, according to the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. While supplies are limited, patients needing assistance with the strips ask their health care providers for them. If available, the doctor provides the patient with the strips.

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