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FREE HELP FOR MEDICAL /INSURANCE NEEDS

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*MAKE SURE YOU LOOK AT THE WHOLE PAGE TO GET THE HELP YOU ARE LOOKING FOR .*

 

 

09/23/09

I don't know much about wheelchair sports , but if you are a sportsperson , here is a bargain basement for such things ! ( in no way am I reembursed or even know anything about this , so it is just FYI)

http://www.sportaid.com/xcart/bargain-basement/ 

 

 

 

 

 

07/19/09

This is a clickable map to find  free and sliding scale health clinics in your area. Click on your state and this will take you to a page with a graph of where the clinics are and what is provided.

 http://www.needymeds.org/free_clinics.taf 

 

 

07/16/09

Here is a site that links you to "Free medical help" by state. I put the topic in quotes because some of these sources are well know (medicaid/medicare) However , I included this reference because there are also less known resoures for medical help mixed in with the common sources. Especially for children , but also for adults. I belong to a medical plan that is only offered in the county that I live in. To find out if you have a program , check out the link to your state.

http://www.uniteforsight.org/free_health_coverage.php

 

 

 

 

 

07/09/09

 

If you are as confused about the whole health care and (lack of) insurance problem in this country , I have found a site that tries to help :


"HealthCareCoach.com is a project of the National Health Law Program (NHeLP), a non-profit legal organization. For more than 30 years, NHeLP has worked to improve access to quality health care, educate consumers about their legal rights and provide information and policy advocacy."

http://www.healthcarecoach.com

 

 

07/09/09

More help for the underinsured or the uninsured from a WomensHealth website , but of course , there is much good information for anyone about the insurance dilemma.

http://www.healthywomen.org/uninsured/main.html

07/01/09

Here is a Medicaid database to explore . Has a clickable map by state !

http://medicaidbenefits.kff.org/

04/13/09

Some additional information about prescription savings :( copy and paste the links into your browser window to reach the program sites )

Glaxo-Smith-Kline Orange Card All drugs 30% savings at participating pharmacies   1-888-672-6436

 

Eli Lilly Answers      All Lilly drugs except controlled substances Flat rate per prescription (less than$20)     1-877-795-4559

www.lillyanswers.com

 

Pfizer Living Share Card   All Pfizer drugs Flat rate per

prescription (less than $20)       1-800-717-6005

www.pfizerforliving.com

 

Together Rx Card   150 select drugs from Abbott, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, GalxoSmithKline, Johnson &Johnson, and Novartis 20-40% discount at participating pharmacies. 1-800-865-7211

www.together-rx.c

03/31/09

GREAT  NEWS FOR THE UNEMPLOYED AND THE UNINSURED !

WALGREEN'S is opening free clinics for minor health challenges. Here is the link , but 

MAKE SURE YOU READ ALL THE INFORMATION ABOUT LOCATION ,AND WHAT IS/ISN'T PROVIDED. 

THANK YOU WALGREENS ! ! !

http://www.walgreens.com/dmi/takecare/default.jsp?ban=rib_takecare_locator

 

 

GO HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM :

 http://www.takecarehealth.com/

03/19/09

Here is another great and current page about how to get your medications if you don't have the money to pay for them . There are also programs to help with paying co-pay costs.

Don't go without your medications ! ! !   

There are programs out there to help you ! ! !

http://www.freemedicine.com/

 

NOTE : After reading more on the site above , I found that there is a "One time processing fee " of $10 for each medication .  After this fee , your are supposed to get your meds at a huge savings . Please read all information on this site and see what you think . Most doctors know of programs that are ABSOLUTELY FREE with no "processing fee "Still , this is a good program if you are in a situation where you make too much for medicaid or there is a big co-pay , and the income limit is much higher than most . I would still check this out and make sure that they are valid by asking your doctor about them . Or call the Better Business Bureau.

 

 

03/21/09

 

This site offers help to find free meds. with over 1,000 programs that you can access . I looked all over the site and read their rules and I didn't find any charge that you would have to pay to use this service. Everything is clearly laid out and the process seems easy to go through to get your medications. They also provide information to find community clinics and free clinics. Check both links as they each have different listings for your area.

http://www.patientassistance.com/

 

 

READ THE INSTRUCTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH PROGRAM VERY CAREFULLY .

 

 IT WILL BE A WASTE OF YOUR TIME , AND A WASTE OF THE PROGRAM'S TIME IF YOU APPLY FOR SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO RECIEVE.

 

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For any family going through the hardships of having a loved one with health problems , it can be a huge burden . I know . My daughter has insulin dependent diabetes , my parents have both had cancer , as have 3 grandparents . I have many major health problems myself .

Prayer is important . So is having a good faith base . Find a church that is real and that shows concern for your family.

Find support groups . Check out all the organizations related to your specific health needs . When in the hopital , ask for the medical social worker . Ask for food vouchers so you can get something to eat while being with your loved one in the hospital .

 

 

Don't be afraid to ask for help . This is a time when you need support ,and others who have been through this want to help you get through it too .

 

 

11/09/08

 

Do you have insurance , but it doesn't cover your medications co-pay or your medications are just too expensive ? You are underinsured. If you are underinsured and you need help paying for your meds , check this program out . Here is thier description :

"Our Co-Pay Assistance Programs

 The Chronic Disease Fund is one of the few charitable organizations to provide direct and immediate financial assistance to underinsured patients with chronic disease, cancers or life-altering conditions who cannot afford the co-payments for the expensive medications they need.

Patients who cannot afford their medications must fight two battles— their disease and the financial burden it places on their families. Though most patients with chronic or life-altering diseases have private insurance or a Medicare Part D plan, it is estimated that over 35% still cannot afford the co-pays or deductibles for their medications.

Underinsured patients are not eligible for most free drug or patient assistance programs, leaving them with few alternatives. If they can’t afford to fill or refill their prescriptions, they may be forced to do without their medications, go into debt to obtain them, reduce the dosage or stop taking them against doctor’s orders, any of which can have a serious effect on a patient’s health and quality of life.

Our organization helps this underserved population of patients obtain the expensive medications they need but cannot afford even with insurance. By funding their prescription drug co-payments and providing free therapy management services, we can ease their financial burden, ensure them access to the medications they need, enable them to experience the full benefits of their treatment by increasing drug compliance, and assist them in monitoring their health and disease progression over time. "

Find out more about this program here :

http://www.cdfund.org/Patient/Diseases_medications.aspx

 

 

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11/09/08

Following is the most extensive listing of where to go for help paying medicine expenses. It has national links as well as links by state !

http://www.fmscommunity.org/freemeds.htm

 

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 11/03/08

Here is an organization that aids in transportation ( by car) costs if you have to travel over 250 miles one-way. Thank you Elaine of TSA !

" The MOTOR Fund has been created to assist individuals who need to travel a significant distance to receive medical care.  The fund has been established to lessen the financial burden on individuals and families that can result from obtaining medical care that is sometimes far away from home.

Please review these eligibility requirements to see if you qualify for reimbursement of travel expenses from the MOTOR Fund.  If you feel that you qualify, please fill out and send in the Recipient Form. If you are uncertain whether or not you qualify, please send in the information.  Applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis."

eligibility requirements continue here :

http://motorfund.org/Recipients.aspx

 

 

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09/22/08

Scroll down on the following page to find MANY resource links for  A GREAT VARIETY OF HEALTH CHALLENGES .

http://www.icdri.org/resource_page.htm

 

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08/02/08

There  is a very important issue with many people who are disabled or ill. Nuritional supplements and medical food .  Many people need food that is delivered in special ways or special formulas. Here is a place to find assistance in getting what you need for free or very reduced cost.thank you so much Elaine of TSA !

http://www.needymeds.com/program_list.taf?_function=name&program_id=407

 

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06/21/08

A great new resource from our Aidmate Rosie :

It is all about free medical stuff !

http://www.freehealthcaregoodies.com/

 

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Medical credit card , for hearing aids , dental , cosmetic procedures and more medical needs . This is a good option if you can handle the payments. If you can't pay the monthly payments , don't even consider it .

http://www.carecredit.com/hearing/whycc.html

 

 

 

Do you have a major medical challenge ,and you are tired of fighting  insurance and health care access problems by yourself ? Try this organization :

http://www.patientadvocate.org/

 

 

 

Check out a medical professional or facility for FREE :

http://www.ucomparehealthcare.com/

 

 

 

Another new resource :

The National Financial Resources Guidebook for Patients: A State by State Directory of information for patients seeking financial relief for a broad range of needs including housing, utilities, food, transportation to medical treatment, and children's resources.

http://www.patientadvocate.org/report.php

MORE ABOUT BEING YOUR OWN HEALTH CARE ADVOCATE

Written Materials on Health Care Coach

Sharing knowledge and empowering others to get the most out of their health insurance is our mission. Please feel free to print out, download, or share the written information posted on our website. Materials you obtain from our website should include reference to our site as the source for the materials. Materials obtained from our website may not be used for commercial purposes.

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How Can I Advocate for Myself?

 

For a lot of people, it's tough to be your own advocate. It can be an intimidating process, but often we have no choice but to advocate for ourselves. The more prepared you are in advance, the better your chances of getting what you want.

 

Here's what you'll want to do to prepare yourself:

 

    * Know the facts. Review any paperwork that you have received or submitted. Make note of key dates and as many of the important details as possible. Knowing your case well can put you way ahead of everyone else. If you are appealing your health plan's denial of a service, read the denial carefully to see why they are denying it. Use their reason as the basis for your argument to say why you should get the service.

    * Keep good records. When you make a call about your insurance issue, take note of whom you talked to, the date and time, and what the conversation was about. Keep copies of all correspondence, both what you send and what you receive.

    * Do your research. If your health plan is denying you a service or medication, check out some of the websites we link to on HealthCareCoach.com, or search the Internet for information about the service and why it is medically necessary or appropriate for your condition. Print out what you find and include it as part of your grievance or appeal.

    * Practice what you want to say in advance. Run through your story with another person and ask for feedback.

    * Figure out your bottom line. If there might be a compromise position, decide in advance how much you are willing to compromise or whether you are willing to compromise at all.

 

 

      When you advocate your position:

 

    * Tell your story. You lived it, so you know it best. Be organized and communicate the facts in a logical way.

    * Stick to the important points. Figure out what is most important for the other person to hear and relay the information as concisely as possible.

    * Concede the negative points. If there are negative things about your case, explain what occurred. You can take the impact out of the bad points and make them less negative.

    * Be respectful, but firm. You will lose points in your case by being disrespectful of the other side. If the people opposed to you are disrespectful, the decision maker will notice this, but you keep your cool. Keep your focus on the story that you are telling.

    * Have your evidence with you. Bring all relevant documents with you when you go to advocate your case. Make copies for the other side and for the decision maker ahead of time

   

Here is something that I need to do myself - update my medical I.D. information . This site has 2 ways you can have an I.D. for free.

To Up Date Your Medical Card you have to complete a new card
because MedIDs.com does not retain your medical data.

Medical errors are one of the Nation's leading causes of death and injury. A recent report by the Institute of Medicine estimates that as many as 44,000 to 98,000 people die in U.S. hospitals each year as the result of medical errors. This means that more people die from medical errors than from motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS. ( Partially because they don't have the right information about the patient-sl)

PRINT OUT YOUR I.D. CARD HERE

 

More free medical I.D. card sites :

http://commercefire.com/emergencycard/index.shtml 

http://www.n-styleid.com/medicalcard_fs.html

 

http://www.medids.com/free-id.php

 

 

 

HELP PAYING FOR MEDICATION

There are programs that pay for your medication if you are low income. Some fill out paperwork for you . Some direct you to a company that provides the medicine. All are life savers

NEEDYMEDS.

RX ASSIST.

PARTNERSHIP FOR PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE

 

This is also from the Partnership for Prescription Assistance , but this page lists programs specific to each state :

VIEW COMPANIES/PROGRAMS BY STATE

 

This program helps with co-pays for certain conditions
PAF Co-Pay Relief is assisting patients diagnosed with:
Autoimmune Disorders
Breast Cancer
Colon Cancer
Diabetes
Kidney Cancer
Lung Cancer
Lymphoma
Malignant Brain Tumors
Pancreatic Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Sarcoma
Macular Degeneration


* Assistance may also be available to patients who are experiencing secondary issues as a result of cancer treatment.

The Program offers personal service to all patients through the use of call counselors.

These counselors assist patients throughout the entire application process, screening for eligibility by collecting financial and medical information from everyone who calls to apply for the Program.

For assistance, please call us toll-free at 866-512-3861.

 

Note

 If you are in need of co-pay assistance and are diagnosed with

 Rheumatoid arthritis, cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma or receiving therapies for oncology cytoprotection,

you can contact the Patient Access Network Foundation toll free at

(866) 316-7263.

 

Here is another page from the people at NEEDY MEDS  . You look up your disease/condition alphabetically , and it will list organizations that have helpful programs.

NEEDYMEDS SEARCH BY DISEASE/CONDITION

 

 

More medication assistance ( you need to cut and paste the links in your browser window )

  Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) (www.phrma.org):
This site includes a directory of PAPs offered by participating PhRMA members. The directory includes links to application forms and information on program operations.

 

  RxHope (www.rxhope.com):
RxHope is a privately held company that has received funding from several sources, including PhRMA. Their site includes detailed PAPs information and application forms. RxHope is unique because a small number of companies allow physicians to submit PAP applications electronically through their site.

 

  The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) (http://www.clinicians.org/):
They offer a booklet titled Handbook 4: Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs that explains how PAPs work. The booklet costs $5 for nonmembers. Visit their Web site for more information.

 

More programs ( over 35 ! ) to look for help paying for meds. :

http://groups.msn.com/SocialSecurityDisabilityCoalition/pharmacylinks.msnw
 

 

LOOK UP MEDICATIONS

IF YOU NEED TO FIND OUT INFORMATION ABOUT A SPECIFIC MEDICINE , THIS SITE WILL TELL YOU    FOR FREE :

"Prescription & OTC Drug information for consumers & professionals.
Welcome to Drugs.com, the most popular, comprehensive and up-to-date drug information resource available online. Fast, easy searching on over 24,000 prescription and over the counter medicines. "

LOOK UP YOUR MEDS HERE.

 

 

 

 

CLINICAL TRIALS

This might be a way to get medical help for free , and maybe be paid for  your time too. If you want to know what clinical trials are all about , this page from a clinical trial site has a good overview
 

To find out if you want to consider a clinical trial , here is a page that tells what they are about.

WHAT IS A CLINICAL TRIAL ?.

 

Here is a page listing clinical trial by type of medical need .

CENTER WATCH CLINICAL TRIAL SERVICE

 

Here is another listing of clinical trials sorted by health concern.

CLINICAL TRIALS DOT GOV.

 

 

 

 

-----------WISH FULFILLMENT FOR ADULTS  ! ----

DREAM FOUNDATION

 

 

 GENERAL HELP

This is a good general help page for financial assistance

This document is divided into five sections, as follows:

 Assistance with Paying for Medical Care and Procedures  

Financial Aid for Medical Treatments  

Assistance with Paying for Medications  

Assistance with Insurance Issues                 

Participation in Clinical Trials

FINANCIAL HELP PAGE.

 

 

 

SEARCH BY STATE

ON THE FOLLOWING WEB PAGE AND YOU WILL FIND  TONS OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR PATIENTS IN YOUR AREA.

The National Financial Resources Guidebook for Patients: A State by State Directory of information for patients seeking financial relief for a broad range of needs including housing, utilities, food, transportation to medical treatment, and children's resources.

THE NATIONAL FINANCIAL RESOURCE GUIDEBOOK FOR PATIENTS.

 

 

TOLL-FREE NUMBER/CONDITION SEARCH PAGE

Another way to find help is through organizations .  This site has an alphabetical conditions' list that will lead you to two things : toll-free numbers and the names of organizations related to the condition.

 An example would be to look under diabetes . This might result in a page that included numbers as well as the names of diabetes organizations. When you go to the diabetes organization website that might be listed , you may find links on that page to financial resources for diabetics.

HEALTH HOTLINES BY SUBJECT.

 

 FREE CLINICS

This site doesn't say , but my guess is that these are free clinics. You usually have to wait a long time in the lobby , but I have gone to one ,and the doctor was very kind and supportive. If you don't have a choice , try it.  It is much better than letting yourself or loved one suffer.I personally suggest you bring an advocate with you. Someone who can help you navigate things and help you be a SQUEEKY WHEEL ! Also bring a good book , music and headphones , snack , drink. Prepare to camp out for a while.

Need to see a Doctor?

This Web site will help you find a clinic that will give you medical care, even if you have no medical insurance or money.

This Web site provides the address and contact information for clinics that offer Primary Medical, Obstetrical and Gynecological, Dental, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Care, Other Types of Medical and Support Services.

FIND A FREE CLINIC WHERE YOU LIVE

 

 

 

Hill-Burton Free & Reduced Cost Care at

 hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities are required to provide a specific amount of free or below cost health care to people unable to pay. Eligibility is based on the size of your family and your income. You apply for Hill-Burton care at the facility where you were or will be treated. "

Steps to Apply for Hill-Burton Free or reduced-cost Care

  1. Find the Hill-Burton obligated facility nearest you from the list of Hill-Burton obligated facilities.
  2. Go to the facility's admissions or business office and ask for a copy of the Hill-Burton Individual Notice. The Individual Notice will tell you what income level makes you eligible for free or reduced-cost care, what services might be covered, and exactly where in the facility to apply.
  3. Go to the office listed in the Individual Notice and say you want to apply for Hill-Burton free or reduced-cost care. You may need to fill out a form.
  4. Gather any other required documents (such as a pay stub to prove income eligibility) and take or send them to the obligated facility.
  5. If you are asked to apply for Medicaid, Medicare, or some other financial assistance program, you must do so.
  6. When you return the completed application, ask for a Determination of Eligibility. Check the Individual Notice to see how much time the facility has before it must tell you whether or not you will receive free or reduced-cost care.

More about Hill-Burton Free or Reduced-Cost Care

You are eligible to apply for Hill-Burton free care if your income is at or below the current HHS Poverty Guidelines. You may be eligible for Hill-Burton reduced-cost care if your income is as much as two times (triple for nursing home care) the HHS Poverty Guidelines.

 

 

 

MORE ABOUT HILL BURTON AND HOW IT WORKS

 

 

teaching hospitals provide care for the uninsured. Just click on your area of the country

MEDICAL CARE FOR THE UNINSURED SEARCH PAGE

 

help with catastrophic illnesses and other major medical difficulties.Their goal is to help people with long-term challenges.

BEYOND THE RAINBOW DOT ORG

 

 I have included quite a lot of information from the following page, but I thought it was important to see how some people care about other people and the kind way that they word their information makes it very readable. 

When A Helping Hand Is Needed Most!

"Catastrophic illness can strike at any time. Unfortunately, unexpected medical crises are a fact of life. The impact that such events have on a family can be devastating on many levels. While most of us do our best to be prepared for such situations, there are always unplanned expenses and responsibilities that arise. Few are completely ready for such a traumatic and painful event.

Sudden illness demands the utmost emotional strength so that the ill or injured family member is given the necessary support to survive and recover. While our emotional reserves in such difficult circumstances often prove to be deeper than most suspect, financial reserves eventually run out. A sudden illness in a family can be as difficult financially as it is emotionally. During those times of extremes, stress, pain, and hope, Pennies from Heaven is there to help.

Time is not the only factor that will help to minimize the chaos that arises from unexpected medical emergencies. Pennies from Heaven works hard to bring financial and emotional stability back into the lives of families affected by unexpected illness or medical emergencies.

We are a small non-profit charity supported solely by tax-deductible contributions. We locate affected families and offer financial and logistical support to assist them in making the long- and short-term care of their loved one easier.

Even families with comprehensive medical insurance coverage incur many out-of-pocket expenses when dealing with unexpected medical events. The cost of eating out at restaurants, the additional gasoline for repeated trips to the hospital, phone calls to family members and physicians, airfare, etc., can all take a serious financial toll. We'd rather that they were able to focus their attentions on supporting their loved one(s) in need rather than on the stresses of sudden and extensive financial responsibilities.

Supporting sick or injured family members can quickly become a financial as well as emotional hardship. Our financial and logistical assistance helps directly with the former while positively affecting the latter. Pennies from Heaven helps those families caring for those who need it the most.

Pennies from Heaven has four programs that allow us to provide logistical and financial aid to family members going through what all of us dread, but many of us must face – a sudden medical crisis. "

Pennies from Heaven Programs

 

 

 PAYING  FOR BILLS  $5,000 AND UP

 

"Christian Financial Ministries is partnered with The Karis Group to help you reduce and repay your major medical bills. The Karis Group provides a safety net primarily for those who are un-insured or under-insured. Over the last seven years, The Karis Group has worked with large groups and thousands of individuals nationwide, to save millions of dollars. If you have a medical bill repayment need, The Karis Group may be able to help you."

GOOD STEWARD MINISTRY HELP

 

 

Welcome to the Mesa Angels Foundation
 
The mission of Mesa Angels Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is to

 provide financial assistance in the form of grants and loans to those in critical financial need due to extraordinary circumstances such as medical emergencies, natural disasters or other unforeseen life-changing events.

HOW TO APPLY FOR MESA ANGELS

 

 

 

MEDICAL SERVICE LOOK-UP

Look up medical services available in your area. Search by map or listing.

MEDLINE GO LOCAL

 

 

 

VANS ,ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY ,OTHER AIDS TO LIVING

 

 Assistive technology help in every state. Here is a listing of state links for the program near you.

Check out your state  and see if it has a reuse/free assistive technology program that you can use for your situation.

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY STATE CONTACTS.

LINKS TO 36 MORE ASSITIVE TECHNOLOGY REUSE PROJECTS

 

If you are differently abled , and you have found a public building that has no access for you , here is a place to fill out a form of complaint :

ACCESS ENFORCEMENT BOARD.

 

 

Guide to Low-Cost / No-Cost Online Tools for People with Disabilities


2005-many still applicable in 2007-SL
This guide was written to provide technology resources that increase access to computers for people with disabilities. The focus here is on low-cost and no-cost on-line resources, organized by category. We believe they will be extremely useful for multiple audiences, primarily: 1) community-based organizations wanting to provide access to technology for people with disabilities; 2) individuals with disabilities or their family members; 3) service providers working with assistive technology.

LOW COST OR NO COST RESOURCES FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES.

 

 

FREE assistive technology of all kinds

"Free assistive technology - Assistive technology (AT) includes high and low technology devices designed to increase the independence of individuals by enabling them to compensate for deficits, enhance self-confidence, and participate more fully at work, school, home, and leisure."

FREE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY.

 

  CREATING FINANCIAL OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES . THERE ARE LINKS TO OTHER AID AND SOURCES IN THIS PAPER ALSO.(CLICKABLE ) Pdf format.

FINANCIAL OPTIONS FOR DISABLED PEOPLE

 

 COMPUTERS FOR DISABLED INDIVIDUALS

Share the Technology is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) NJ Nonprofit Corporation.
Our mission to help prevent the premature disposal good, usable computer equipment by providing a way for donors and potential recipients to connect with each other.

Since 1996, we have provided a public service computer donation database that is available around-the-clock for searches of donations available and donations requested. Online forms allow donors to submit offers and donation seekers to submit requests

Who may use our service?

We provide free donation listings to individuals, businesses and corporations with computer equipment to donate

We also give individuals with disabilities free request listings.

What do we charge for our service?

We charge no fees. Our work is supported by the financial donations of interested parties and the people who use our database successfully.
SHARE THE TECHNOLOGY

 

 assistance with equipment

 and  services  for for special health care needs

The SHARE Network

was originally founded in 1999 and went online on February 7th, 2000. Our main goal and mission is to provide an alternative means for obtaining services and equipment for those with special healthcare needs.

PURPOSE - To enable families and friends of persons with special needs to acquire services or equipment without financial restriction. This includes respite, transportation, home help, personal care, equipment and/or any other service an individual may need.  Providing education.  To allow those who want to make a difference and volunteer their time and skill, services, or equipment, to have an avenue to do so. To provide a means for exchanging equipment or services. To provide a free advertising of low cost or free services and equipment, or services and equipment available for exchange.

GOAL - All those who "need" should be free from a sense of imposing on one another and not be afraid to ask for help. All those who have extra, will "SHARE" what they have. This is our goal.  We want everyone who needs services or equipment to have an alternative place to go.

THE SHARE NETWORK

 

 

 From the Foundation Center

 This page has ideas for grants for those with disabilities. NON-EDUCATIONAL

It leads to other pages . It is more of a starting page. 

Grants are not necessarily an  immediate source of aid.

 "Reference Guide for Individuals with Disabilities
If you are an individual with a physical or other disability, and you are looking for information on grants specifically for those with disabilities, this user aid will help you in your search. We have selected a few of the most important print and electronic resources for you to begin your search. "

FOUNDATION CENTER REFERENCE GUIDE FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES


 

 

 LEAGUE OF HUMAN DIGNITY Services

Increasing Your Independence

Advocating for Your Rights

Removing Barriers

Funding Assistance

The League of Human Dignity believes that all of us have the right to decide where we live, work, and play.

At some point in our lives most of us will experience limitations that affect our personal independence. Whether these disabilities are temporary, progressive, or permanent, they should not prevent us from living the lives we choose.

In addition to physical, mental, or emotional disabilities, we may also be faced with external barriers. These obstacles to independence may be architectural, social, or attitudinal. They could be personal, work-related, or community-wide barriers.

THE LEAGUE OF HUMAN DIGNITY

 

 

 

MORE WHEELCHAIR RESOURCES , COURTESY OF ELAINE OF TSA ! This is a listing of links to wheelchair organizations. Some are for donating wheelchairs and some are for obtaining a wheelchair for your needs. A great compilation of links .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wheelchair_organizations#Organizations_that_accept_and.2For_distribute_used_wheelchairs 

 

 

 

 GRANTS FOR THE DISABLED - NON-EDUCATIONAL

Here is a site founded by a very special lady

 you might of heard of Joni Erickson Tada , who became paralized from the neck down after a diving accident. They have a special fund for the disabled , and many other wonderful services.

Grants of up to $2,500 nationally and $1,000 internationally are available to individuals, as well as churches and other Christian organizations.

JONI AND FRIENDS

 

 

 

SOMETHING FUN 


 If you are disabled or know someone who is disabled, and here's a great program for getting free movies.  This is especially good for someone who can't get out to rent movies, or doesn't have enough money to buy movies.  You have to prove that you're disabled or that you have long-term chronic disease in order to have programs and to movies, but it's worth it if you can prove it, and it looks like they send really good movies!  Try this link out and see if you qualify:

 MOVIES FOR FREE DOT ORG.

 

 

 

FREE HELP FOR EVERY DAY CHORES AT HOME

What are Adult Home Help Services?

Adult Home Help Services or AHHS, formerly known as Chore Services, provides money to people with disabilities, older adults and people who are blind, to hire someone to help them care for themselves. You must apply for AHHS through your local Family Independence Agency.

AHHS provides funds so you may pay someone to help you with those necessary daily activities you cannot perform without assistance. Some of those activities may include:

bathing,

dressing,

taking medication,

shopping and errands, housework,

laundry, and

meal preparation and clean up.

DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES.

 

 

 

WHEELCHAIRS

FREE WHEELCHAIRS-SCROLL DOWN AND USE THE LINKS ON THIS PAGE .

THE WHEELCHAIR FOUNDATION DOES NOT DONATE WHEELCHAIRS TO INDIVIDUALS , BUT THE LINKS THAT THEY PROVIDED LEAD YOU TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT DO.

WHEELCHAIR FOUNDATION

 


The Easter Seals, and other organizations

provide free wheelchairs and other related medical equipment, like

walkers,

commodes,

 bathtub rails,

 crutches,

transfer benches,

electric wheelchairs and scooters,

on a short-or long-term basis.        Some programs may require a refundable deposit

Contact Easter Seals, 230 West Monroe Street #1800, Chicago, IL 60606;

312-726-6200

800-221-6825
 

 JUST AN EXTRA

A GOOD REFERRAL SITE FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES .It is specifically for the Los Angeles area , but you can type in your local zip code. Also , there are great ideas for all of us with disabilities.

Ask Lila

www.asklila.com

 

 

 

GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE DISABLED/MEDICALLY CHALLENGED

can be found here :

http://scholarships-for-people-with-disabilities.app-sl-1.aidpage.com/scholarships-for-people-with-disabilities/

 

 

 

DIABETES

 

The following says it all . Diabetes is an expensive disease !

"Diabetes treatment is expensive. According to the

 

American Diabetes Association,

people who have this disease spend an average of $13,243 a year on health care expenses.

Many people who have diabetes need help paying some of the bills. It's a good idea to start by looking for an insurance plan that covers as many diabetes-related expenses as possible. A variety of governmental and nongovernmental programs exist to help, depending on whether you qualify."

FINANCIAL HELP WITH DIABETES CARE

 

For more help with diabetes finances , go here : http://financial-help-for-diabetes-care-and-related-conditions.app-sl-1.aidpage.com/

 

 

 


 AIR TRAVEL FOR MEDICAL HELP

These  sites provide information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical air transportation .

 

The National Patient Travel HELPLINE

1-800-296-1217.

OR

PATIENT TRAVEL DOT ORG

 

 

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MORE MEDICAL PAGES FOR FREE HELP 

 

 HEARING LOSS , TINNITIS AND OTHER EAR/HEARING RELATED NEEDS

Here is a very comprehensive site that deals with hearing loss , deafness , ringing in the ears and many more related subjects . A great place to start if you are not yet diagnosed or newly diagnosed with a hearing/ear related problem .

http://www.hearinglosshelp.com/articles/resources.htm

 

 DENTAL HELP

For free and low cost dental help , try here :

DENTAL ASSISTANCE.

 

 HELP FOR CANCER RELATED NEEDS

http://low-cost-and-free-help-for-cancer-patients.app-sl-1.aidpage.com/ 

 

FREE  OR LOW COST Help for eye CARE

exams ,  very low cost eyeglasses , low vision aids , braille books for children , camps for those with low vision or blind , specialty eye care , eye care for seniors , grants for children and adults  and more.

http://free-help-paying-for-eye-care.app-sl-1.aidpage.com/free-help-paying-for-eye-care/

 

 PAYING FOR TRANSPLANTS / PAYING FOR CATASTROPHIC MEDICAL COSTS

http://fund-raising-for-transplants-and-catastrophic-illnesses.app-sl-1.aidpage.com/


 * * *PLEASE NOTE  * * *     I DO NOT ENDORSE ANY ADS ON ANY OF MY PAGES . I AM NOT SAYING THAT THEY ARE FRAUDULENT , ONLY THAT I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM .

 IF AN AD IS LISTED BELOW BY A FELLOW AIDMATE , PLEASE CONTACT THAT PERSON , AS I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE PRODUCTS.

  AGAIN , I AM NOT SAYING THAT THEY ARE BAD PRODUCTS, THEY MAY BE GOOD !   ! 

 JUST CHECK THEM OUT  WITH CAUTION LIKE ANY OTHER AD THAT YOU MAY SEE .     -soulight

 

 

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ptlayton
I have had a drug problem which has induced lots of medical bills. I went to rehab for two years and have been clean for three is there any special help I can get with paying these bills or even financial aide for school??
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mloralei71
 in response to frazzled...   did you try Shriners Hospital. They help with medical needs for all kids
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Ophelia
 in response to wifejoyce...   Joyce, you may not like the sound of this at first, but an option you might look into is medical marijuana. I know a lot of people with similar or same symptoms as your husband that have benefited from the use of Marinol or medical marijuana. There are some good documentaries out there. It might be worth checking into. Every avenue is worth exploring.
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tripdog
 in response to wifejoyce...   Dr. Robert Darnell, also an ordained minister, is located in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. He is an excellent doctor and caregiver and may be a good option for your husband. He is a trained chiropractor and acupucturist, and has several therapies available for pain and rehabilitation.
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PositiveMommy
Wow!!! Thank you for taking the time to create such an expansive list! Great Work! :-)
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Starshine
 in response to frazzled...   You are welcome for the reply and I thought he need the funds as they are expensive. I hope that link will help him get the bands for his daughter. Do let me know if the organization helps. Best to you and your family. Have a Happy Thanksgiving. Starshine
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frazzled

Thank you for your reply sent info to my son yes he needs help paying for thr bands his ins will not cover it

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Starshine
 in response to frazzled...   

Hello

I am sorry about your granddaughter and this may help with the bands she needs for her head.

CLICK HERE

Friends of Man provides the needy with the following; Food, Clothing, Medicine, Prostheses, Wheelchairs, Eyeglasses, Dentures, Medical Equipment, Daycare, Training and Education, Hearing Aids, and More!
How Friends of Man Works

Referring Professionals (health care and social workers, clergy, counselors, etc.) submit applications on behalf of people in need of assistance. (Applications are accepted only from referring professionals.) Friends of Man carefully considers all requests, and if the application is approved, Friends of Man pays a vendor for the needed items or services. Friends of Man also has a Children's Assistance Program where any teacher, school nurse, counselor, or principal can submit an application on behalf of a child who may need clothing, eyeglasses, medication, or another item of genuine need.

What is your son's situation and how does he need financial help? For his daughter?

I hope this helps you

Starshine

 

 

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frazzled

Can anyone tell me where i can find financial help for my son and dil with medical equipment needed for my graddaughter she has plagiocephaly and needs bands for her head and insurance wont cover this

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soulight

I found a system of healthcare in the Northwest that assists low-income people. It covers these areas :

 PeaceHealth, with System Support Services offices in Bellevue, Washington, operates facilities in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon

Here is a clickable map with the areas that PeaceHealth serves :

 http://www.peacehealth.org/SpiritPeacehealth/HealthSystems/

More info. to come

Here is the link to what they call "Bridge Care" which is financial help for low-income people :

http://www.peacehealth.org/AboutPH/BridgeAssistance/

 

 soulight

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jgutierrez

can somebody help me find an orginization or a governtment agency that helps pay medical bills

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soulight
 in response to Fox09...   

Thank you for the compliment and the referal , Fox09 !

soulight

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soulight
 in response to Dondi...   

You are very welcome

I am sorry that I can't help more at the moment.

soulight

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Dondi
 in response to soulight...   

Thank you for the information...at least its a start.Again...thank you

 

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soulight
 in response to Dondi...   

Do you possibly have one of the Burton free hospitals near you ? Have you consulted the community health ? How about the social services.

Also , if you call your local United Way they may have a connection for you . You mentioned that you have insurance , but it doesn't cover the back surgery and shots or physical therapy. sometimes Medicaid will have something called a buy-down , where you pay a fee ( usually much cheaper than the full fee of the procedure. After you pay the buy-down , they will cover the rest . It really depends on your current insurance and income which you would have to provide to them .

These are just a few ideas that came to my mind. As I said , it kind of depends on knowing exactly what you do have in order to find help for what you don't have . It would probably be better to get in contact with the organization than to give that information on Aidpages , including me , because it is very private information .

I hope some of these ideas help.

 

soulight

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Dondi

Hi..I need some help!!!! I have insurance but just found out that it is NOT major medical.I am soon to have shots in my back..supposed to have physical therapy for 4 weeks. In January I need to have back surgery.However..I make very little money and cant afford this...please..if anyone can lead me in the right direction....it is greatly appreciated

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dwesley1981

My card can help with prescriptions, it can save you up to 75% on all prescriptions!!! Simply, print it out and take it to the pharmacy and save!!!! Any questions, please contact me!!!!

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lavenderfaerie88

Hi! First I want to thank you for all the information here. I appreciate the time & effort you have put into it. I am looking for help with my daughter's medicines and medical care. I have looked into all the public assistance programs and all the sites here on your page, but I don't qualify for any of them. I am 'stuck in the middle'. I make too much to qualify as low-income, but not enough to pay all our bills. She has severe asthma and is hospitalized at least once a year. I still have hospital bills from this spring I can't pay for. At the moment she is out of medication (her meds cost about $500 a month, and up until now have had to borrow to pay for them), she needs glasses, hers broke, and I can't afford them, and she hasn't been to the orthodontist in a few months because I can't afford the payments anymore and they wont see her. For 3 months now I have been trying to get her doctor to fill out the patient assistance paperwork to get meds from the manufacturer, but every time I call I get "they are on his desk, he will look at them today". I would take her somewhere else, but I can't afford the cost of a visit. After rent, utilities, food, & gas, I can't afford anything. This month has been especially bad and right now I have no money even for food & gas for the rest of the month. I can't put her on the insurance at work because I would have to pay the full premium, which is about $700 a month. The 'free' clinics make you pay according to what you can afford, and because I make a decent paycheck I would have to pay. If you have any information about any other programs that I might be able to get assistance from, I would greatly appreciate it. I have borrowed from everyone I can, and I am desperate. Thank you for all your help!

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soulight
 in response to wifejoyce...   

Hi wifejoyce

There is no need to apologize . If I did have money , I would share it with many people on Aidpage. You are so right about praying for each other. Prayer changes things.

If you would like , you can try the page for the military and veterans . I hope you find something you can use !

http://comment-reguardless-of-what-we-think.app-sl-1.aidpage.com/comment-reguardless-of-what-we-think/

I will be keeping you in my prayers,

soulight

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wifejoyce

I'm sorry, I know that you don't offer the financial assistance yourself.  I am researching some of the many great links on your site.  Thanks for offering all this great info and caring.  I hope all is well with you.  We all need to pray for each other.  Joyce

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