I had a hard time after high school because I was on my own. Started college, got an apartment and paid for food and medicine by myself. I did not have health insurance and it cost too much for me to stay on the newest medications and it cost around $50 to see a doctor. I treated myself by purchasing R and Nph at Wal*Mart for around $20 to $40 per bottle which was much easier on me. I did not qualify for Medical because I was still considered under my parent's income and no one offered any information anywhere for any assistance.
Thankfully I got married and I have my husbands insurance now. When I started going to the doctor regularly he told me about programs I could have gotten help at. I met a diabetic the other day and his A1C was at a 19 and he did not look good at all. His memory was really off and he had infected scrapes all over. He is currently in the same situation I was in and he is stuck. I told him I was going to gather the information my doctor gave me for him because the situation broke my heart.
I am posting it here too, in case someone needs help. I don't know if this information is valid in another county in California but I know these are the valid numbers for Riverside County.
My doctor told me that you can call 211. This is the Social Security Services Registry. When you speak with someone live they give you numbers to organizations and government help that is particular to your situation. They are very kind and they off a lot of information.
Riverside County Prescription Discount Card: This gets somewhere around a 20% discount on prescriptions. 877-321-2652
RX Hope 732-507-7400
MISP 951-486-5375 (This program is ages 21-64 that can't qualify for Medical)
These are organizations that assist with health care needs. It is low cost or no cost.
American Diabetes Association 800-342-2383
Health Clinics (sliding scale price range. low cost to no cost)
There is also the option to check into a county hospital and explain your situation. They can send a medical social worker to your home and depending on your situation can make you eligible for no cost or low cost health care and prescriptions.
I hope this information helps someone. I was just 18 when I started taking care of myself (actually, probably since I was 14. That's when I started working) and I didn't really know where to start. Anyway, I really hope this helps someone! ^_^