Free medic alert bracelets for those with diabetes are hard to find, but some organizations do offer them as product samples. One such company, American Medical ID (www.AmericanMedical-ID.com) offers tabletop order form displays that include gift certificates so that interested individuals can obtain complimentary necklaces or bracelets. These are targeted toward educators and other healthcare professionals who set up booths at tradeshows or health fairs as promotional giveaway items or to be used as raffle prizes.
When ordering, American Medical ID requests information regarding what the particular event is (health fair, tradeshow, etc.) and also requires the date on which the event is to occur. To learn more about the program, contact American Medical ID by calling its toll-free phone number at 1-800-363-5985 or by e-mailing the company using the online contact form on the Web site. Live chat is also featured on this site every weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time with online assistants to answer any questions.
Cool Med ID
Although you may have difficulty finding medic alert bracelets for free, you dont have to spend a lot. At Cool Med ID (www.CoolMedID.com), for instance, you can purchase a wristband starting at only $3.49 plus $2 for shipping. These are produced from a high-quality 100 percent silicone material and feature “DIABETIC” embossed on them, along with the Caduceus medical alert symbol.
The text doesnt fade or rub off; they are easy to put on and take of with no clasps to wrestle with; they are hypoallergenic, waterproof, and resistant to stains; and the wristbands come in a huge variety of colors in sizes to fit both children and adults.
The Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation at www.DiabetesWellness.net doesnt offer free bracelets, but it does offer free ID necklaces. At this site, all you do is select the item from an online form, which requests your name, address, phone number, and any other additional information you want to provide. A small shipping charge may be added, depending on the number of items ordered, and the necklace takes four to six weeks to be delivered.
Government-Funded Healthcare Sources
Obtaining free medic alert bracelets for diabetes may be possible through government-funded healthcare programs. Medicaid, Medicare, and the Veterans Administration are three possible sources to which the low-income individual with diabetes or those with family members who have diabetes may contact to find out if medical alert bracelets or necklaces are available at no cost.
The Medicaid program is administered by individual states in the U.S. with each state setting its own guidelines, policies, and services. To find your state, do an internet search and type in the name of your state along with the search terms, “health department”.
The link to which you will be directed will provide you with toll-free numbers and other necessary information. To get more information regarding what Medicare can provide, go to www.Medicare.gov. Information about veterans healthcare benefits can be accessed at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs at www1.VA.gov/health.
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