Patient ResourcesPAF seeks to empower patients across the country to take control of their healthcare. Since you are reading this book, you may find yourself in a position the same as many other American's that are having difficulty affording their high out-of-pocket medical costs. The following section will offer resources to help you locate assistance programs that may be able to assist you offset these cost.
A more comprehensive interactive tool is available on the Patient Advocate Foundation website at http://www.patientadvocate.org/help4u.php. You can log in and register and by answering a few simple questions obtain a personalized listing of specific resources matched to your needs.
RESOURCES FOR DENTAL
- National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped
- American Dental Association
Provides a listing of accredited dental schools. Maybe an option for discounted
RESOURCES FOR VISION
- EyeCare America
Provides free eye care educational materials and facilitates access to eye care—at no out-of-pocket cost.
- New Eyes for the Needy
Helps improve the vision of poor children and adults in the United States by providing new or recycled donated glasses
- Vision USA
Provides basic eye health and vision care services free of charge to uninsured,
low-income people and their families.
RESOURCES FOR HEARING
- Hear Now
Hear Now is a national non-profit program committed to assisting those permanently residing the in the U.S. who are deaf or hard of hearing and have no other resources to acquire hearing aids.
CO-PAY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
These programs are set up to assist patients with insurance that have co-pays for chemotherapy or prescription medications. Every program has its own guidelines. You can contact the organization for eligibility criteria. The contact information is provided below.
- Patient Advocate Foundation's Co-Pay Relief
- Healthwell Foundation
- Patient Access Network Foundation
- Chronic Disease Fund
- Patient Services Incorporated
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- Cancer Care Co-Pay Assistance Foundation
- Caring Voice Coalition, Inc
- National Organization of Rare Disorders, Inc.
OTHER CO-PAY OPTIONS
- Managed RX
A pharmacy program that will waive your co-payment on medications and ship
them to you at no cost if you meet certain eligibility requirements.They do not assist with Medicare or Medicaid patients.
- Needy Meds
Informational website that has up-to-date contact and instructions about various
pharmaceutical manufacturers' drug assistance programs and a listing of co-pay and state programs.
- Veterans' Administration
Provides a broad spectrum of medical, surgical and rehabilitation care to its
qualified veterans and their dependents. Treatment for services is based on the
veteran's financial need.
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all
Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The office of the Inspector General U.S. Government Hotline is for individuals to call for complaints regarding Medicare or Medicaid, as well as providing assistance with entitlements, benefits, insurance and resources.
- United Way
Call 2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, healthcare, counseling and
more. calling 2-1-1
- American Cancer Society
Offers numerous resources, including printed materials, counseling for patient and their families and information on lodging for people who may require treatment far from home. Contact your local chapter to find out about resources available in your community. Local ACS office may offer reimbursement for expenses related to cancer treatment including transportation, medicine and medical supplies. Financial assistance is available in some areas.
- Catholic Charities
Provides assistance for meeting basic needs—mortgage and rent assistance,
utility assistance, food, clothing, medical supplies and prescription drug assistance, shelter, transportation. Online resource provides local phone number.
- Salvation Army National Headquarters
Provides assistance on a case-by-case basis
- National Patient Travel Center
Provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical air
transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help to patients who cannot afford travel for medical care.
- National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, Inc.
Provides information on free or low-cost temporary lodging to families or patients who are undergoing treatment away from home.
- Tamika and Friends
Tamika and Friends
Contact your local house of worship to inquire
for any relief programs
HEALTH INSURANCE RESOURCES:
The following resources can provide additional guidance on locating state laws and health insurance options.
- Guide to finding health insurance coverage in your state by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
- A state by state consumer guide for getting and keeping health insurance by Georgetown University Health Policy Institute.
- A comprehensive state by state guide to find your rights to specific coverage such as guaranteed issued plans, pre-existing medical conditions, prompt-pay laws and if your state offers high risk health insurance coverage.
ACCESS TO CARE RESOURCES:
Clinical Trials: Clinical trials are a way to access care and provide an option for care for the uninsured or underinsured. Some trials absorb most or all of the treatment cost and can be a cost effective way to access care.
- The National Institute of Health (NIH)
offers a broad range of trials
- National Cancer Institute (NCI)
only offers cancer related trials.
offers a free online tool that helps cancer patients find appropriate clinical trials.
- The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA)
This link will connect you to federally-funded health centers regardless of your ability to pay.
- The Hill-Burton Program
A program run by the U.S. Government that can arrange for certain medical facilities or hospitals to provide free or low-cost. These facilities are obligated to provide free or reduced cost care. Patient's should inquire about the possibility of free services before entering the hospital, as many have fulfilled or are very close to fulfilling their requirement.
- If you are concerned by breast or cervical symptoms and need screening services, Contact the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program before you seek care.
Every effort has been made to make this guide as up-to-date as possible, however, change is inevitable. If you find any information that is not current or incorrect in this publication, please notify us and we will correct it in the next printing. Furthermore, if there are other organizations that are not listed here that you feel would be helpful to others, please contact us at 1-800-532-5274 or email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.