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First question I got is Slim fast while on the Medifast Diet? Thanks in advance for any response. My other question... This is not MF-related, but I am about to lose my health insurance. I was laid off in Feb. 2009 and have not found a job with benefits, so COBRA coverage will end at the end of August. I have started looking into getting my own insurance.

And while my state of residence has a high-risk pool plan, you cannot qualify for it unless you have been uninsured for at least six months.

Does anyone have any suggestions?..

asked Apr 28 at 06:44

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Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer to your question. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I find an decent answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could answer your Medifast question..

answered Apr 28 at 07:18

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This is OUTRAGEOUS and a shame! Losing a job is already demoralizing and then this? Stay strong and I hope something comes through for you!..

answered Apr 28 at 08:20

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I think sflraven's advice is very sound. Going without your meds for such a long time could be disastrous to your health. I'm sure your doctor would a) help you out with samples b) refer you to either the drug companies hardship programs or a close to free program..

I wish you the best.....

answered Apr 28 at 09:01

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I was in a similar situation. I lost my health insurance when I left my job to relocate with my husband; well, at the time we were engaged. Absolutely no insurance company would even consider taking me. At that time I was 300 pounds. Once my husband and I got married, we applied for insurance together. He was not as heavy as I was so he wasaccepted and through him, I was able to get accepted.

We paid more than $500 a month just for the insurance and then had to pay for the appointments, meds, etc...Luckily, we now live in San Antonio, TX and they have a program through one of the college universities for people without insurance. You pay based on your income, not your weight. I would look into whatever clinics your area has, it may take a while, but almost all communities have clinics for low-income or uninsured individuals. It would be better than having no medical assistance, esprcially if you need to be on meds.

Good luck!.

Tracy..

answered Apr 28 at 09:29

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Check out this site for prescription assistance programs:.

Http://www.pparx.org/.

Also, this article has information about High Risk (can't get personal health insurance) programs offered by states:.

Http://www.healthinsurance.org/risk_pools/.

And this site is for federally funded clinics if you don't have health care:.

Http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

At one time I saw something about some states allowing you to declare yourself as a business and then qualify to purchase health care as a business instead of an individual (rules are different, I don't know about prices). I can't find it now, but I think it was on a diabetic site, so you might check around..

I hope these help....

Emma..

answered Apr 28 at 10:08

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I work in case management -and it definitely sucks (your situation). Emma gave you good resources, I also wanted to add in needymeds.org it is a site with discount programs, coupons, etc. If your MD is willing to write you a 6 month scrip, walmart, target, walgreens, etc... has a list of $4 meds, that you could keep filling. Also there are always local free clinics that you could use until qualifying for health insurance again..

I hope your situation gets better, and hopefully the resources you have on this thread are of help...

answered Apr 28 at 11:43

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I am sorry you are going through this. Been there and it SUCKED.. We have people who cant afford health care because it's so darn expensive yet the US has enough money to help other countries before their own.. I have always had an issue with this! Health Care Industry is aweful...

answered Apr 28 at 12:45

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If your income is low you will be able to get the medicine from the company for free or a reduced rate. I spent a long time without insurance and I was able to do this. It took a good deal of research on my part and then I took all of the paper work to the doctor and they filled it out for me and sent it to the companies and most of it was free. This was several years ago. Good luck. Hopefully the new health care reform with prevent people like you from having to deal with this type of thing in the future. I know it is very scary...

answered Apr 28 at 12:49

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I just want to say thanks to everyone for the info and support. It's possible that I might just reach my needed 235 before I turn into a pumpkin at the end of August. If so, I might just be ok on the insurance. Unfortunately I am one of those middle income people who makes too much to be considered for need-based programs but not enough to make paying for health insurance with my current state of health affordable. Here's hoping that will change soon!..

answered Apr 28 at 13:19

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