Chapter 4: Financial Assistance
Section 9: Other Financial Assistance Sources
Alternatives in Motion
201 Matilda NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
877-468-9335 Toll Free
Provide wheelchairs to individuals who do not qualify for other assistance, and who could not obtain such equipment without financial aid.
American Kidney Fund
11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300
Rockville, MD 20852
800-795-3226 Toll Free
The following direct financial assistance programs are offered by the American Kidney Fund to needy dialysis and kidney transplant patients nationwide. For further information about these and other programs please contact the social worker at your dialysis center.
- Through the Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP), the American Kidney Fund pays Part B Medicare, Medigap, commercial, and COBRA premiums for dialysis patients who have insufficient income and savings. These premium payments allow patients to continue their health insurance coverage, enabling access to physician care and medical treatment. HIPP is funded 100% by voluntary contributions from dialysis providers. HIPP serves as a “last resort” source of financial assistance. Last year, more than 70,000 dialysis patients in the United States were able to maintain their insurance coverage thanks to grants from HIPP. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our Patient Services Department at 1-800-795-3226.
- Safety Net Grants cover:
- Treatment-specific expenses such as transportation costs to reach dialysis; over-the-counter medicines, medication co-payments, kidney donor expenses and other necessities such as dentures.
- Nutritional products, and durable medical supplies. The American Kidney Fund has contracted with mail order pharmacies to provide medications and supplies at discount prices, thereby increasing the purchasing power of patients’ grants
- Disaster relief assistance when catastrophic events strike dialysis patients’ communities. This program provides funds to help patients replace medications, food and household items and pay for other necessities lost because of disasters such as flooding, hurricanes, etc.
- The cost of dialysis while traveling. Patients or facilities may be reimbursed for the 20% of treatment costs not covered by Medicare or any other source for emergency transient dialysis. Grants are limited to travel necessitated by death or serious illness in the family or for the purpose of kidney transplant workup only.
- Sanofi Renal/Genzyme Patient Assistance Programs. Through a partnership with Sanofi Renal/Genzyme Corporation, Renvela® and all formulations of Hectorol® are available to financially qualified dialysis patients who have no prescription drug coverage. Eligible patients may receive up to a three-month supply and if necessary, may reapply at the end of their grant period. The American Kidney Fund administers Sanofi Renal/Genzyme’s Renal Patient Assistance Programs. Assistance is made possible by a generous product donation from Sanofi Renal/Genzyme.
One application allows you to apply for Renvela® or Hectorol® Product. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, throughout the year.
Disability Resources, Inc.
Four Glatter Ln.
Centereach, NY 11720-1032
A listing of multiple websites for Prescription Drug Assistance programs. Follow this link to the Disability Resources, Inc. webpage on Prescription Drug Assistance programs, www.disabilityresources.org/RX.html.
Need Help Paying Bills
Many people need help paying bills and debt in today’s challenging economy. Families need help so that they do not have to decide between paying their mortgage, credit card debt, food, rent, utility, or medical bills.
Find information on assistance programs, charity organizations, and other resources that will provide you with help paying your bills, mortgage and debt, show you how to save money, as well as provide some tips and ways to pay bills when money is tight. Many American families are struggling under an increasing number of bills, debts, and financial obligations. When you and your family are experiencing this stress, you need to reevaluate the situation, set priorities, and look for assistance.
Oklahoma Drug Card
877-321-6755 Toll Free
A free prescription drug discount program.
Prescription Drug Patient Assistance Programs
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
950 F Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20004
888-477-2669 Toll Free
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free.
Refinance & Mortgage Guide for People with Disabilities
This guide seeks not only to provide the reader with the most relevant and essential resources needed to navigate the myriad of red tape and sometimes rigid processes regularly associated with real estate purchases; it also aims to educate you.
RX For Oklahoma
Prescription Drug Program
RX for Oklahoma helps Oklahomans access prescription assistance programs provided by pharmaceutical manufacturing companies. RX for Oklahoma staff will take your demographic information including name, age, address and income as well as prescription(s) needed and dosage(s). This information is then entered into a special database that generates the appropriate paperwork for the pharmaceutical companies for which you are eligible.
Shriner's Hospitals for Children
Shriners International Headquarters
2900 Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607
800-237-5055 Patient Referral Line
Free treatment of orthopedic and burn problems for children birth to age 18.
Skyline Urban Ministry
500 S.E. 15th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73129-4302
This program provides emergency food, clothing, personal hygiene kits, eye exams by appointment, and other seasonal services.
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Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
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