Diabetic test strips and non-prescription diabetic test supplies offered free through group helping Type 1 diabetics without insurance or who can’t afford them.
This resource will soon be added to our growing list of Where to Get Free Diabetes Test Supplies and Diabetic Testing, but we wanted to first announce it to our regular readers via Twitter and our Free Diabetes Test Supplies mailing list.
Believe it or not, we actually spend every single day searching for new sources of free and discounted diabetic test supplies for our readers. A new resource has just appeared on the radar that is quite promising for those in need of help, but who don’t qualify for free help from government health care plans or pharmaceutical companies.
ACT1 Diabetes Group: Adults Coping With Type 1 Diabetes, is a volunteer group that has been helping to provide Type 1 diabetics with non-prescription diabetes test supplies such as blood glucose meters, test strips and lancets since August of 2009. The program is free and requests are each handled on an individual basis by volunteers via e-mail. The group accepts donations of non-prescription diabetic testing supplies from the public and in turn makes them available to those in need. The program especially targets those who can not afford health insurance, have been denied health insurance due to their diabetes being declared a “pre-existing condition” and/or going through hard economic times. It is not a long-term solution for obtaining free diabetes test supplies, but rather a short-term assistance program for those in more immediate need.
In addition to their Supply Exchange Program for Type 1 diabetics, the group also runs a website that features regularly-updated blogs and announcements. For those of you who use Twitter, they have a very active Twitter account at @Act1Diabetes.
For those of you who would like to become more involved with the organization, the group holds regular membership meetings in the New York City area as well as sponsoring local support groups. There are opportunities for volunteers as well as support groups for those seeking help. They even provide a list of mental health professionals (mostly in the North-East U.S.) who specialize in treating patients with Type 1 diabetes.
For more information on ACT 1 Diabetes, see their website at http://www.act1diabetes.org or to apply directly for the organization’s Supply Exchange Program, which supplies free test strips and other non-prescription diabetic test supplies to the public for free, e-mail them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update: 07/08/2013 The ACT1 Diabetes organization has temporarily suspended their free distribution plan. For the latest information on availability, please see their website above.