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Population served: Everyone in the U.S. (check the website for availability in your area) 

Mission: 2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.  

Examples of service referrals include:
  • Basic human need resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance and utility assistance
  • Physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention
  • Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs
  • Support for older Americans and persons with disabilities: home healthcare, adult daycare, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation and homemaker services
  • Support for children, youth and families: childcare, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring and protective services.

2-1-1 Canada 
Population served:  Certain sections of Canada (check the website for availability in your area)

Mission: 2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.  

Examples of service referrals include:

  • Health services and support
  • Financial and social assistance
  • Housing and utility help
  • Food assistance and meal programs
  • Senior services and home care
  • Government program assistance
  • Parenting and family programs
  • Disability support services
  • Volunteer organizations
  • Newcomer services
  • Mental health support

Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation
Contact: 302-654-6207
Population served: Families of children with cancer in the U.S.

Mission: To fund research to find cures for childhood cancers and advancements in chemotherapy; to provide emotional support and financial assistance nationwide for families of children with cancer.

  • Provides grants to minimize the financial hardship that is directly attributable to the child's illness; application form available on website.

Children's Leukemia Research Association (CLRA)
Contact: 516-222-1944
Population served: Children and adults with leukemia in the U.S., professionals

Mission: To support research efforts towards finding the causes and cure for leukemia.  

  • Limited funds to assist with the costs of outpatient chemotherapy, lab tests and post-transplant prescriptions.  Applications are mailed in November each year for assistance in January on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Offers matching dollar program, matching up to $1,500 per year in donations raised by applicant, family or friends during a specific time period
  • Funds grants for doctors conducting promising research about leukemia.

Friends of Man
Contact: 303-798-2342
Population served: Children, families, elderly, the disabled and those who fall through the safety net of available assistance

Mission: Friends of Man, the charitable arm of the Institute for the New Man, gives help to people who find themselves in a situation where they have nowhere else to turn.

  • Each case is considered on an individual basis in relation to guidelines which accompany the application
  • Referrals are accepted from professionals such as social workers, teachers, health providers, clergy
  • Examples of help provided include, but not limited to: Mobility Equipment: (prostheses, wheelchairs, van lifts, and modifications, ramps, home modifications); Medical Equipment and Procedures such as Hearing Aids, Dentures, Glasses; Clothing for Children, Food, Short-term Daycare, Prescriptions, Cobra/Health Insurance.

Good Days from CDF (formerly known as Chronic Disease Fund)
Contact: 877-968-7233
Population served: Patients with a covered disease in the U.S. who meet income qualification guidelines and have private insurance or a Medicare Part D plan but cannot afford the cost of their specialty therapeutics. Check website for the most up-to-date information on which diseases have available funding.

Mission: Helps patients with chronic disease, cancer and other life-altering conditions obtain the life-saving medications they need.

  • Assists with medication co-pays; some travel expenses including fuel, parking and meals; some lodging for medical appointments.
  • Requires that patients are 100% compliant with their prescribed treatment
  • Has a patient portal to help track patient's treatment regimen, dispensing history, and medication usage. Provides reminder tools and an interactive calendar to help patients manage their care
  • Patients must apply and meet certain qualifications. Once accepted into the program all information can be tracked through a portal

HealthWell Foundation
Contact: 800-675-8416
Population served: Insured patients living with chronic and life-altering illnesses to help them afford their medical treatments
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: To provide assistance to eligible patients with their out of pocket costs associated with the treatment of specific disease states allowing them to begin or continue life-saving or life-changing therapies. 

  • Provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to cover co-insurance, co-payments, health care premiums and deductibles for certain medications and therapies.

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. (NORD)
Contact: 203-744-0100 or 800-999-6673 (Voicemail messages only)
Population served: Patients in the U.S. with rare diseases

Mission:  To help people with rare "orphan" diseases and assist the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service.

  • Administers Patient Assistance Programs to help patients obtain life-saving or life-sustaining medication they could not otherwise afford
  • Patient Information Center provides information on more than 1,200 rare disorders, resources and clinical trials
  • Provides online patient communities
  • Hosts regional and national meetings for patients and families
  • Works collaboratively with its growing roster of member organizations.

Patient Access Network Foundation (PANF)
Population served: Underinsured patients with a diagnosis for which PANF has a fund (certain cancers, chronic illnesses or rare diseases), and meeting all eligibility criteria

Mission: To offer help and hope to people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses for whom cost limits access to breakthrough medical treatments.

  • Provides co-payment, deductible or co-insurance assistance through nearly 50 disease-specific programs

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)
Contact: 800-532-5274
Population served: People in the U.S. with chronic, life-threatening and debilitating illnesses
Other language(s): Spanish, translation services available by phone

Mission: To provide professional case management services to Americans with chronic, life threatening and debilitating illnesses.

  • PAF Co-Pay Relief Program provides direct financial assistance to insured patients who meet certain qualifications to help them pay for the prescriptions and/or treatments they need. This assistance helps patients afford the out-of-pocket costs for these items that their insurance companies require. For details, call 866-512-3861.
  • PAF Case Managers serve as active liaisons between the patient and their insurer, employer and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job retention and/or debt crisis matters as they relate to their diagnosis; may also be assisted by doctors and healthcare attorneys. PAF seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability.
  • Offers PAF authored publications and content, distributes booklets and publications
  • Offers an annual scholarship program for survivors

Patient Services, Inc. (PSI)
Population served: People with chronic illnesses and conditions in the U.S.
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: PSI supports people with expensive chronic illnesses and conditions through locating solutions with health insurance and assisting with premiums and prescription co-payments to facilitate positive health and well-being.

  • Evaluates an individual's financial, medical, and insurance situation to determine who is eligible for premium or co-payment assistance.
  • Offers an interactive insurance navigation tool to help locate potential insurance options in the U.S.

Contact: 877-267-0517
Population served: Patients in the U.S. needing financial assistance to obtain needed medications, health professionals

Mission: To help patients determine if they are eligible for pharmaceutical companies' patient assistance programs (for free or discounted brand name drugs) and then help guide patients through that process.

The Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Foundation, Inc.
Contact: 800-637-0839 or 609-298-1035
Population served: Patients with MDS, caregivers, health professionals worldwide
Other language(s): Spanish, French, German, Danish

Mission: A multi-disciplinary, international organization devoted to MDS support, research, treatment, and education for patients, caregivers, physicians, nurses and other health care providers. The organization is based upon the premise that international cooperation will accelerate the process leading to the control and cure of these diseases.

  • Provides disease information, insurance information and publications
  • Offers patient advocacy groups, research funding, and professional educational initiatives
  • Referrals to MDS Centers of Excellence and clinical trials
  • Conducts international symposia.

United Healthcare Children's Foundation  
Contact: 1-855-698-4223
Population served: Children age 16 and younger, who have commercial health insurance.

Mission: The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF) is a non-profit charity dedicated to enhancing the quality of children's lives through much needed medical grants. These medical grants help improve access to medical services and items that are not covered, or not fully covered, by a family's current commercial health insurance plan. 

Besides being 16 years old or younger and covered by a commercial health insurance plan, a child must be diagnosed with a current or ongoing medical need, be receiving treatment by a qualified medical practitioner in the US and meet certain financial criteria to qualify.

Grants may be provided for:

  • Help with medical services costs
  • Help with medication costs
  • Medical supplies and equipment
  • Costs associated with transplant
  • Air and ground transportation for medical appointments
last updated on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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