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2-1-1
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

Cancer Fund of America, Inc.
Contact: 800-578-5284
Population served: Cancer patients, health professionals, hospices
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission:  To provide aid to cancer patients, hospices, health care providers, and other non-profit organizations that assist the poor and less fortunate in times of illness by sending much needed products free of charge.

  • Anyone with cancer can apply via application on website, health professional signature required
  • Assistance programs include such items as:
    o Various medical supplies and non-prescription medicine
    o Liquid nutritional supplements and vitamins
    o Adult diapers, bed pads, and exam gloves
    o Fans and seasonal gift boxes
    o Lotions and ointments
    o Food items
    o Toys, clothing, and hygiene Items

Cancer Survivors' Fund
Contact:
281-437-7142
Population served: Young adult cancer survivors

Mission: To provide college scholarships and prosthetics for the benefit of persons diagnosed with cancer, receiving treatment for cancer or in remission, to give them a new purpose and meaning in life.

  • Provides financial help for prosthesis needs of young adults
  • Provides scholarships for young adults to enable them to start or continue their college education
  • Offers counsel, provides emotional support, and motivates young cancer survivors to channel their thoughts and dreams to a healthy and productive future
  • Supports young survivors to become volunteers themselves, give others courage and hope to develop a strong willpower to continue their fight with cancer.

Chariots of Hope
Contact: 860-242-4673
Population served:
Individuals in need of a wheelchair 

Mission: Chariots of Hope is a nonprofit organization providing a means of mobility to confined individuals who are otherwise without hope of a reasonable quality of life. Through the recycling and worldwide distribution of used wheelchairs, at no cost to recipients, Chariots of Hope will give these individuals the means to triumph over despair.

  • Application process helps to determine the type of chair needed, the location of need and availability of shipping to that area. Churches and community organizations, as well as individuals, may submit referrals
  • Will honor international requests.

Delete Blood Cancer (DKMS)
Contact: (866) 340-3567 United States
            +49 70 719 430 Germany
            020 3176 7620 United Kingdom
            22 882 9400 Poland
Population Served: Individuals willing to donate bone marrow and patients looking for a match worldwide
Other Language(s): Spanish, German and Polish

Mission: To delete blood cancer by empowering people to take action, give bone marrow and save lives.

  • Has over 3 million registered bone marrow donors worldwide
  • Raises awareness about the urgent need to increase the number and diversity of  bone marrow donors 
  • Provides information about registering to be a donor, organizing donor drives, and the process of donating bone marrow
  • Covers all costs for the donor during the bone marrow/stem cell donation procedure
  • Provides a suitable match of bone marrow/stem cells for the patients.

Dental Lifeline Network
Contact: 888-471-6334
Population served: All individuals in the U.S. with disabilities, elderly or medically at-risk, without financial means or alternative access and needing necessary, substantive and maintainable dental care.

Mission: To provide access to comprehensive dentistry for society's most vulnerable individuals with disabilities or those who are elderly or medically at-risk and have no other way to get help.

  • Dentists volunteer to provide comprehensive treatment to eligible patients
  • Apply through statewide program coordinator to see if applications are being accepted in patient's area
  • Patients receive services through the program one time
  • Dental HouseCalls Program brings care to people who cannot easily travel to dentists' offices: residents of nursing homes, homebound individuals and developmentally disabled people attending day programs or living in residential centers. A fully equipped, portable dental office is transported in a van and set-up at bedside or in the facilities so dentists can serve these individuals.

EyeCare America
Contact: 877-887-6327
Population served: U.S. citizens or legal residents who are without an Eye M.D. and who do not belong to an HMO or do not have eye care coverage through the Veterans Administration.
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: Eyecare America provides eye exams and up to one year of care to US citizens and legal residents within the continental U.S, Hawaii and Puerto Rico through volunteer ophthalmologists (EyeMDs) often at no out-of-pocket cost to those who meet eligibility criteria.

Find a Health Center
Contact: 888-275-4772
Population served: Anyone in the U.S. in need of medical care that cannot afford it

Mission: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which helps tens of millions of Americans get affordable health care and other help through HRSA programs.

  • Find a Health Center - Health Centers provide primary medical and dental care to people of all ages, whether or not they have health insurance. Services are provided on a sliding fee scale, based on your ability to pay.
  • Find Free or Reduced Cost Care at Hill-Burton Obligated Facilities - About 200 hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities across the U.S. are required to provide a specific amount of free or reduced-cost health care to people unable to pay
  • HIV/AIDS Care Ryan White HIV/AIDS programs connect people living with HIV/AIDS health care and support services
  • Eligibility for free or reduced cost care depends on income and whether or not you have health insurance.

First Hand Foundation  
Contact:
816-201-1569
Population served: Children 18 years of age or younger, or 18 to 21 years of age if the applicant is in a child-like mental state, worldwide
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: To provide funding for individual children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted.

FHF provides funding for clinical necessities (such as medication, therapy and surgery), medical equipment and travel related to a child's care. Included are:

  • Equipment: wheelchairs, assistive technology equipment, care devices, hearing aids, etc.
  • Treatment: clinical procedures, medicine, therapy, prosthesis, etc.
  • Displacement: lodging, food, gas, parking and transportation for families of seriously ill children who must travel during treatment
  • Vehicle modifications: lifts, ramps and transfer boards.

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.

Foundation for Children with Cancer
Contact: 314-843-9300
Population served: Families of children with cancer who need financial assistance.
Mission: To provide direct financial assistance for families of children with cancer. 

  • Families must be referred by a healthcare professional. There is currently a $500 limit per family for financial assistance and payments go directly to the vendor.

Medicare
Contact: 800-633-4227
Population served: People age 65 or older, people under age 65 with certain disabilities, and people of all ages with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant)
Other language(s): Spanish, French, American Sign Language, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Tagalog, Haitian Creole, Italian, Polish, Portuguese

Mission: Provides government-funded healthcare coverage to specific populations of need.  It may include both medical and drug coverage.  Medicare is divided into the following parts:

  • Part A Hospital Insurance helps cover inpatient care in hospitals, including critical access hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities (not custodial or long-term care). It also helps cover hospice care and some home health care. Beneficiaries must meet certain conditions to get these benefits. Most people don't pay a premium for Part A because they or a spouse already paid for it through their payroll taxes while working
  • Part B Medical Insurance helps cover doctors' services and outpatient care. It also covers some other medical services that Part A doesn't cover, such as some of the services of physical and occupational therapists, and some home health care. Part B helps pay for these covered services and supplies when they are medically necessary.  Most people pay a monthly premium for Part B
  • Part C Medicare Advantage Plan - These are plans approved by Medicare and run by private companies that provide Part A and Part B coverage, and may offer extra coverage (such as vision, hearing, dental) and may include Part D prescription drug coverage
  • Part D Prescription Drug Coverage - Part D provides coverage to enrollees for brand-name and generic prescription drugs. Patients must elect and enroll in a plan and generally pay a monthly premium and yearly deductible.

Rise Above It
Contact: alexis.vinick@raibenefit.org
Population served:
Young Adult patients between 15-39, who are currently undergoing or actively pursuing clinical trial treatment options.

Mission: To provides financial assistance to young adult patients between 15 -39, battling cancer who are undergoing or actively pursuing clinical trial treatment options.

  • Requests may be made for medical expenses, housing costs, travel expenses as well as food, clothing and utility bills.

Starkey Hearing Foundation  
Contact:
866-354-3254; Hear Now Program 800-328-8602
Population served: People with hearing loss; teachers, health professionals

Mission: To bring understanding among people through hearing care by focusing on awareness, education, protection and treatment, so the world may hear.

  • Works directly with those suffering from hearing loss by providing them with access to hearing aids and hearing care
  • U.S. citizens may apply to the Hear Now program, a program of last resort, for assistance with obtaining hearing aids. The current non-refundable processing fee with the application is $125 per hearing aid requested
  • Accepts hearing aid donations and conducts international missions to donate hearing aids.

Survivorship A to Z, Inc.
Contact:
212-586-5600
Population served: People living with cancer or HIV/AIDS and their caregivers, health professionals

Mission: To provide people with a life challenging condition such as cancer or HIV/AIDS with all the practical, legal and financial information they need through the entire continuum after a diagnosis.

  • Online resource for information about employment, insurance, finances, government programs, day to day living, medical care, planning ahead, emotional well-being.

The Children's Leukemia Research Association, Inc.
Contact: (516) 222-1944
Population served: Children and adults with leukemia in the United States

The Children's Leukemia Research Assoc., Inc., also known as National Leukemia Research Association, is dedicated to raising funds to support research efforts toward a cure for leukemia.

  • Offers a financial aid program which assists with laboratory fees, chemotherapy and medication expenses

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, March 26, 2014
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