In the US, several government and non-profit organizations provide information about financial assistance for health care.
Patient Advocate Foundation
Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that serves as an active liaison between the patient and their insurer, employer, and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job retention, and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis, through case managers, doctors, and attorneys. Patient Advocate Foundation seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation, assuring access to care, maintenance of employment, and preservation of their financial stability.
Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-Pay Relief Program (CPR) provides financial assistance to financially and medically qualified patients, including those insured through federally administered health plans such as Medicare, for co-payments, co-insurance, and deductibles required by a patient’s insurer, for pharmaceutical treatments and/or prescription medications prescribed to treat and/or manage their disease.
Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program
421 Butler Farm Road
Hampton, Virginia 23666
Toll Free 1-866-512-3861
Web site: www.copays.org
National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
NORD is a non-profit organization established in 1983 to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by rare diseases. It provides information on financial and medication assistance programs, health insurance, Medicare/Medicaid programs, and links to additional online resources.
NORD also provides Patient Assistance Programs to help patients gain access to needed treatments. These programs, which vary from time to time, are listed on the NORD website.
In addition, NORD administers research grants to encourage the study of rare diseases. These grants are funded largely by patients, their families, and patient organizations. View funding opportunities on the NORD website.
Web site: http://rarediseases.org/
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
NHGRI at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has information about financial assistance resources for people who need help paying for medical care and procedures. Contact the Department of Health and Human Services directly at:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Web site: http://www.genome.gov/11008842