8 thoughts on “How to Get Help Paying for Elecare”

  • Christari
    Tinu

    You know from an Elecare mom, this is such a great information you’re sharing. Thank you. Both my sons (4 year-old and new new 3 month-old) needed Elecare (Alimentum, nutramigen or Neocate did not even help, it made their little tummy worse) with or without insurance. We eventually had to pay out of pocket and that is no joke. Funny story infact. We took a road trip to Orlando from Tampa and DH and I packed up everything else (hot water in a flask, extra bottles and giant load of bibs (throw up is major; my son’s G.I specialist calls him a “happy Spitter”, putting that lightly LOL) but we forgot a can of…you guessed it! Oh google search to the rescue and eventually (after 30 miles and a hungry 3 month-old), we found a Walgreen that had a can for 60 bucks. THE best 60 bucks we have ever had to spend considering!
    It is so empowering to read blogs as yours that helps and support families that might need assistance with this basic need for our little ones. Thank you again.
    I am totally subscribing!

    • Christari
      Christari

      Thank you so much for your kind words! They mean a lot :). Thank you also for sharing your story! It’s amazing how many babies end up needing specialized formula, yet we see so little about it in advertisements or media.

  • Christari
    Joanna West

    Your pediatrition may also give free samples or a coupon code for a discount from an online purchase. Abbottstore.com had a link for a free case as well. 1 time use per household. We did both of those and it got us a good about for free when my insurance changed and I found out Cigna does not cover formula.

    • Christari
      Christari

      Thank you, you’re right!!!

  • Christari
    Tam

    Have just 1 can left and Medicaid told me I was covered , that I just needed a prescription to a pharmacy , just left Walmart and I was told it is not covered. Saddest day of my life . I can’t afford this formula. Really tough for our finances.
    What else can I try?

    • Christari
      Christari

      Are you eligible for WIC? That is usually the first go-to. In some states, if you are eligible for Medicaid then you are automatically eligible for WIC. They will give you coupons for the formula which you can use in the store. Ask your doctor for cans to tide you over if they are willing. If you have to buy it, Amazon is the cheapest.

      Normally, insurance will not cover cans that you pick up in the store. Instead, they have to be issued through medical supply. Medicaid may require this also, so talk to your rep at Medicaid. If they turn you down, next, contact the phone number above. We were turned down everywhere else but they were able to help us get it covered through our insurance. We were turned down over and over prior to that. They will walk you through the process

  • Christari
    Bobbi

    My pediatrician is refusing to give me another prescription for WIC so I’m on my own if I want to keep my daughter on this. I’m livid with the office and their lack of interest in my wishes for my daughter and how I feel about them deciding it’s just time for a change whether I like it or not. I’m looking into all sorts of options to help cover cost but the nurse at my daughter’s ped office called to tell me that they would not offer a letter of medical necessity to insurance to help me keep her on this bc they don’t think Medicaid will cover it and I’ve not given other formulas enough time to see if she’ll tolerate them. I’d honestly love to take DD anywhere else and get another ped asap but it’s taking time unfortunately. Any advice?

    • Christari
      Christari

      Our pediatrician also gave us some difficulty after he got a year old. We ended up using goat milk, which seemed to not upset his tummy, but of course that doesn’t work for every baby. There are some goat milk based formulas also that we had some success with. We blended it in with the last of his Elecare. If it is an age thing, Elecare does make a toddler formula as well. Might the pediatrician consider that? Is he/she the original prescribing pediatrician? If your baby was a preemie or had been hospitalized, you may be able to find someone at the hospital that will help with the prescription too. Also, try contacting Abbott directly from above and see if they have an ideas on getting coverage or a more cost-effective way to obtain it.

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