Help For People With No Insurance

By Avera Latest Activity February 6, 2010 at 11:00 pm Views 12,869 Replies 22 Likes 6


Recently, many people on this site have asked for help concerning their sleep disorders and medical care. People all over the United States have lost jobs and thus their insurance due to the economy. There is a site online that might help you find the information you are looking for to get some much needed help. The site is called:


*NeedyMeds* has information on medicine and healthcare assistance programs. NeedyMeds has information on more than 2,400 programs:
• Available at no cost
• Requires no registration
• Always up-to-date

Programs on NeedyMeds help people of all ages, with and without insurance.

Here are the Resources on the site:

(Patient Assistance Programs)
(PAPs) Programs which provide medicine at no cost or at a discount to people who qualify.
(Free/Low Cost Clinics)
This is a database of clinics that offer healthcare at no cost, for a small fee, or on a sliding scale.
(Disease-Based Assistance)
Programs that help with the costs
of specific diseases and conditions, including some insurance co-pays and premiums.
(State Programs)
Programs offering various types of assistance with heathcare costs for residents of specific states.

They even have a free NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card where you can save up to 75% on prescriptions.

Here is the link to the site. I hope this helps everyone who needs the information.

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  • Brownie34
    Brownie34 July 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm   

    That is very helpful site!

  • Gusindiana
  • Gusindiana
    Gusindiana August 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm   

    the url link is no good

  • Uther
    Uther February 16, 2011 at 12:06 am   

    My doctor reccomended another doctor that could help my sleep apnea at "low cost". The doctor told me it would be $20 a visit but billed me at $240 a visit for the 4 appointments I had. Then sued me. He had also directed me to a place for a "low cost" CPAP and mask and they weren't low cost at all! Now my mask is falling apart and I can't afford another. I tried the link above but it's not any help. Does anyone have any knowledge where we can get equipment we can afford? I feel like it's all a big bait and switch and they just want us to die and go away.

  • Oliduskah
    Oliduskah July 19, 2011 at 9:29 pm   

    i know how you feel. i have had sleep apnea for 16 years and cannot afford help. my insurance company won't even start to pay until i come up with $1500. might as well be a million! now i just have to pray every night that God won't let me die in my sleep.

  • tSquare
  • cammei
    cammei March 10, 2011 at 2:03 am   

    Thank you for sharing all these resources. I've even discovered some products I didn't know existed. I read good reviews about the "In-line Outlet Bacteria Filter" and wonder if it will be worth while. I have two cats that sleep with me and sometimes have sinus problems. Can anyone tell me of their experiences?

    I'm also looking for a new mask. I now use Mirage Quattro Full Face Mask, but I want to find one that doesn't cover the forehead. I've found 3 that I would love to get some input on.
    1. Zzz-Mask Full Face Mask for $89.95, replacement cushion $32.95. Good reviews.
    2. FullLife Full Face Mask $149.00, replacement cushion $59.97. Poor reviews.
    3.Hans Rudolph 7600 Series V2 Full Face Mask $129.00, not sure about replacement cushions or if you have to buy a whole new mask. Good reviews.

    I would be most grateful for anyone sharing their views or advice.

    Thank you!

    PS: no ins, so pay out of pocket.

  • Perplexed
    Perplexed April 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm   

    The new Quattro FX has no forehead support. I never had any success w/the Mirage Quattro but this Quattro FX is great. I'd been using and liked the ProBasics Zzz-Mask but tried the Quattro FX and like it even better. The material the thin outer cushion is made of seems to be more "clingy", more amenable to less leaking. The headgear fits pretty good too!

    There are a couple of online apnea support forums that have mask swap groups. Most of the masks being used only one or two nights or otherwise lightly used. The one offering the mask informs those interested if the mask is in a smoking home or home w/pets. And, of course, each person receiving a used mask is responsible for cleaning and disinfecting it to their own satisfaction and comfort level.

    Some masks, like the Swift nasal pillows come w/3 sizes of pillows and these swap group also swap the extra pillow sizes w/those who have extra pillows in the size they need.

  • ms. Yarbrough
    ms. Yarbrough January 21, 2011 at 9:59 am   

    I have no form of insurance and it has been very hard for me to go to the doctor for anything and I have restless leg syndrome, insomnia, and several other medical problems and I really am glad I read your article on no insurance. When you have no insurance it is so hard to get a doctor to see you unless you pay them cash on the spot. Thank you so very much for the information. ms. Yarbrough

  • mybabys2
    mybabys2 April 27, 2010 at 11:27 pm   

    hello i'm new to this site & i too have no insurance & can't get my supplies for my sleep apnea . at the moment i'm useing the opus 360 nasal pillows mask . but it's brguing to hurt the sides of my face . the ones that i have are over 1yr old is there help out there fropeople that need supplies but can't get them ? an somebody help me please thank you

  • bestrestever
    bestrestever February 11, 2010 at 5:01 pm   

    I have no insurance due to loss of job.My head gear broke while I was sleeping & cost $100.00 + to replace it.I had the Comfort Gel.What do I do now?

    ROBERT VANTREASE August 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm   


  • Avera
    Avera February 11, 2010 at 10:08 pm   

    To find a way to replace your equipment or supplies at a low cost, " you might want to make an appointment at a free clinic in your area. The appointment will be free for you. When you see the doctor, if the doctor there cannot help you with a prescription, they will make a free appointment with a specialist doctor who can. Often the doctors at these clinics can tell you about ways to find low cost equipment. Also, the doctor that they send you to will often have some free supplies if you ask."


  • Stu Pitt
    Stu Pitt March 4, 2010 at 9:17 pm   

    I don't have insurance do you know how to reset the equipment? mine has been working fine and two nights ago the pressure went way down and will not go back up. It keeps beeping and shutting off

    ROBERT VANTREASE August 2, 2011 at 3:15 pm   


  • Perplexed
    Perplexed April 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm   

    Stu, if your PAP is beeping and shutting off there's more wrong than just a pressure drop. How old is your PAP? Most PAPs are guaranteed for 2 years and now there are one or two manufacturers offering 3 year warranties.

    Resmed warranties their PAPs for two years from date of taking possession. Respironics warranties their PAPs for two years from the data the DME provider receives it. I'm not sure about the other manufacturers.

    The manufacturers do insist that warranty work and returns be handled thru a local DME provider and will not deal w/the patient directly on returns and warranty work.

  • Tracy
    Tracy March 5, 2010 at 3:01 pm   

    Do you have your prescription for cpap which dictates your pressure setting? If you do, you should be able to walk in to any home health provider and have them check the machine with a manometer to verify what it is "blowing" now and then reset. BUT - a prescription is required. They should do this free of charge, but if they do charge you, it should be nominal.

  • rangy
    rangy October 24, 2010 at 1:31 pm   

    its easy to reset my was set at 18.5 pressure I changed it to 12.5 there are four buttons in midle hold buttom and the right one down till it says clinic comes up you are in Just joined today i started 2 years ago cpap thought it was a joke I go on fishing trips with boys it goes with me no matter how many jokes i feel better 100% better i have stop smokimg after 34 years 2 packs a day i gained a 100 pounds in the last 4 years is what i am working on now the weight gain is not from cigarrets stop but from kidney blood pressure droped alot i beleave in the cpap took test stop breathing 67 times in one night.spelling and grammer not worth a flip. good luck to all of you don t give up it took me three months to get use to it and some times still have a hard time

    CHEVYONE March 3, 2010 at 7:03 pm   

    I just joined this group and I have been using the comfort gel system since 2006. I do have insurance and I just received new head gear. If you wish I can mail you my old one(matter of fact I think I have 2 or 3 old ones). Hopefully you still have the gel, if not I could also send my old one (its the small size).
    Anything we can do to help…

  • zp1814216
    zp1814216 September 13, 2010 at 5:13 am   

    Do you still have these? I desperately need a full mask… i had a full one and it broke 9 months ago… I have one thats just a nose one…its not working because i breathe thru my mouth as well… I cant get any sleep and its killing me.. please email me at zp1814216@aol.comEmail Small I check those emails faster than the ones on here.. :) thanks

  • pilotshero
    pilotshero March 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm   

    Hi I'm new to this site also and was reading some of the posts and came across yours. I have no insurance to cover supplies and I read that you may have the things that I need like the comfort pillows, mine is so warn out it sticks to my forhead. Also, might you have an extra mask? That also is way past replacment time..Its funny they have no problem giving me a prescription but with the amount of money I bring home for my part-time job it just barely pays for the rent and utilities…any help would be greatly appreciated.

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