Insulin Assistance Programs
If you’re amongst the 34 million American adults living with diabetes, you may find paying for your insulin can be a source of great stress. But if you are finding it difficult to pay for your diabetes medication, Prescription Care can help. With our assistance, you could get access to an insulin patient assistance program that allows you to get your insulin for a fraction of the retail price.
Patient assistant programs are programs created by pharmaceutical companies to help patients who need financial assistance to access the medicines they make. A range of insulin patient assistance programs are available, depending on the brand of insulin. For example, Novo Nordisk has a patient assistance program for NovoLog insulin, whilst Lilly has one for their Humalog insulin.
Prescription Care can help you get access to these programs which are offered by the pharmaceutical manufacturers to eligible individuals. With our help you could get your insulin prescription for a flat fee of $49 per month*, regardless of the brand, its retail price, and the dose you need. We even handle the full enrollment process on your behalf, so you can get easy and affordable access to your insulin.
How much does insulin cost without insurance?
Insulin can be a costly monthly expense. The cost of insulin without insurance will vary depending on the brand of insulin you buy and the way it’s administered. Insulin typically comes in pre-filled syringes, in self-injecting pen devices, or in vials to be used in syringes or in an insulin pump. Costs will also vary by retailer.
As a general guide, one self-injecting insulin pen, that can last from around one week to two (depending on the dose you take and the size of the pen) can cost from $80 to $250. The price varies by manufacturer.
If you get your insulin with our help, you’ll always pay a flat monthly fee of $49.
How much does insulin cost with insurance?
The cost of insulin with insurance can vary and will depend on the details of your insurance plan and the brand of insulin that you have been prescribed. To find out the specific costs and to understand exactly what you will need to pay, your insurance provider or pharmacist will be able to calculate your insulin copay with your current insurance.
Again, if you are approved for an insulin patient assistance program, you will likely save more on an ongoing basis.
Am I eligible for insulin assistance?
You could secure your insulin without paying the full retail price, if you meet the eligibility criteria for assistance. Prescription Care reviews each patient assistance program enrollment application individually. The main factors considered by most programs often include:
- US residency
- Combined household income
- Insurance status
Up to $36,000
Up to $50,000
Up to $100,000
How do I apply for the insulin assistance programs?
We make it as simple as possible to apply for insulin patient assistance programs. The first stage is to complete an enrollment application on our website. You will be required to list all medications you’re taking, including insulin. It is important to also provide us with accurate and up-to-date information about your healthcare provider, your insurance plan, and your household income. This is required by the pharmaceutical manufacturers that supply your medication.
Prescription Care will then review your enrollment application and will determine whether you may be eligible for insulin assistance. If so, we will handle the full patient assistance program enrollment process on your behalf. We will also request your insulin medication refills on your behalf for up to 12 months, once you are in the program.
Does Prescription Care provide insulin coupons?
Prescription Care is not an insulin coupons provider or an insulin discount savings card provider. We’re a service provider that helps eligible individuals access patient assistance programs for insulin.
Can Prescription Care help me get insulin if I have insurance?
Yes, we may be able to help you get your insulin through one of the patient assistance programs if you have insurance. This includes if:
- You have a high copay or coinsurance responsibility for insulin
- Your insurance company won’t pay for your insulin prescription
- Your healthcare plan doesn’t cover insulin medication
You can apply online with Prescription Care to find out more.
What is insulin?
Insulin is a hormone that your body naturally makes. It’s produced by beta cells in your pancreas, a small organ found behind your stomach. Your pancreas secretes the insulin it makes into your blood so it can help you maintain a healthy blood sugar level.
When you digest food and drink, a type of sugar called glucose is released into your blood. The glucose is taken around your body in your bloodstream so it can be delivered to the cells that use it for energy. The insulin in your blood helps your cells absorb this glucose. Insulin molecules attach to the surface of your cells, triggering them to bring glucose transporting proteins to the surface, which transports glucose into the cell.
In addition to this, if you have more glucose in your blood than your cells need, insulin also signals your liver to absorb and store the excess glucose, so it can be used later when your blood glucose has fallen.
If you don’t have enough insulin, or you become resistant to insulin, you can have too much glucose in your blood and you can develop diabetes.
Insulin active ingredients
Whatever type or brand of insulin you’re prescribed, the active ingredient will be a form of synthetic (man-made) insulin. The synthetic insulin will work in the same way as the insulin your body makes naturally, the only key difference is the insulin is usually designed to be longer acting or shorter acting. Longer acting insulin can be used to lower your blood sugar for extended periods, usually over 24 hours, and shorter acting insulin usually helps to lower your blood sugar after meals.
Common insulin medications
These are some of the most common brands of insulin available in the US:
- Humulin R
- Novolin R
- Humulin N
- Novolin N