I have a couple of suggestions for you that may be of help. To answer your questions,
I live a good hour plus from the WI border. I live approximately 15-18 miles north of the city. First of all what county are you a resident of? If you live in Cook County there is a
free prescription discount card available through the county. It is a help. I think they give you about a 20% discount on medications. The number to find out about this card is
1-877-321-2652. They can give you information and send you the card for free.
Another suggestion, have you called the Department of Healthcare & Family Services in
Il. Their number is 1-800-226-0768. I believe it is connected with Illinoiscaresrx which is a program that helps seniors with their medicare part D but they also have other services such as the Dept. I mentioned above.
Frances, you can go to the hospital even if you don't have money or insurance. Do you know how many people use a hospital as their means of obtaining healthcare and getting medications and care? This is a very common practice and there are many hospitals that will not turn you away. You have to try. If you are in Cook County you can always go to Stroger Hospital which is the county supported hospital. Many people with no income or jobs go there. Yes, it can be a long wait to get treatment but if you can get help it is worth the wait. Also, I had huge medical bills from my colon surgery last year. I filled out financial papers because I could not afford my deductible and copays. They reduced my bill to almost nothing. I only had to pay 5% of my hospital bill and my drs. fees were paid completely. I know there is help out there. You have done a lot to find help but haven't been successful. I know there is a way for you, as I received so much help.
As far as my therapist, I go to a family service agency and it only takes residents of the two villages in my zip code so it is not an option for you if you don't live here.
But I know many areas have such family service agencies. It takes persistence in finding them. I think you may find some help from the Department of Healthcare and Family services. It is worth the phone call. You may have to wait for them to return your call but be patient. This may work for you.
Wishing you the best,