There are a couple of different options:
1.) Under the new health care reform, students/young adults can stay on their parents' health insurance plans until the age of 26, regardless if they live at home or attend school. There are no restricitions. This goes into effect Sept. 23, 2010. You should not be denied because of a pre-existing condition. To learn more about the new health care bill, go to www.whitehouse.gov/issues/health-care
2.) Find employment - some jobs (even part-time) offer health benefits. Consider Wal-mart, Sam's Club, Cosco, Whole Foods, Apple, 7/11, Wawa, Starbucks, etc.
3.) Contact your local health department and/or free clinics
4.) Contact your school and see if they offer a university/college health plan or if you can obtain supplies, Rx's and treatment from their clinic on camplus
5.) Look into prescription assistance programs, such as www.FAMILYWIZE.com , www.rxoutreach.com, www.pparx.org, www.togetherrxaccess.com, www.healthwellfoundation.org. Many offer assistance to people who do not have insurance. Be prepared to complete paperwork and show proof of income (ie. - last year's w2's, tax return, etc).
6.) Look into prescription assitance programs from the various pharmecutical companies online: Lantus and Apidra = Sanofi Aventis, Humalog = Lilly Cares, Freestyle = Abbott, and Levemir = Novo Nordisk. Many offer assistance to people who do not have insurance. Be prepared to complete paperwork and show proof of income (ie. - last year's w2's, tax return, etc).
7.) If you are connected with a pediatric endocrinologist or children's hospital in your area, ask how long you can be seen/treated there. Some take kids up til age 21-22. If so, ask about any charity care/uncompensated care programs. You may also consider asking to speak with a social worker.
8.) Talk with your current health care provider. He/she may have access to samples to help off-set any out of pocket costs that you may have to pay for insulin and supplies, especially in time of need.
9.) Look into purchasing private insurance. Some companies are: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Optima, Kaiser, Anthem, Humana United Healthcare