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CFAC provides a searchable online database in order to "find assistance from organizations providing financial or practical help."
"There are national and regional resources dedicated to improve access to quality care and decrease the financial burden of medical treatment, and we can help you locate them quickly and easily" using PAF's National Financial Resource Directory.
>> Triage Cancer
"Searching for financial assistance while dealing with cancer can be taxing. This section of the Toolkit will help you find the resources you need."
"ACIS provides financial support to patients who are financially devastated by the diagnosis and treatment of ocular melanoma."
"Financial assistance for OM-related, doctor-prescribed ocular and facial prosthetics. Applications will be evaluated solely on need."
"NeedyMeds is a national non-profit organization that maintains a website of free information on programs that help people who can't afford medications and healthcare costs. [...] All our information is accessible online, at no charge, and without registration."
"Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America's Medicine Assistance Tool is a search engine designed to help patients, caregivers, and health care providers learn more about the resources available through the various biopharmaceutical industry programs."
"Volunteers work to transport needy patients to facilities where they are able to receive medical attention they might otherwise have to do without."
"Serves all 50 states and its volunteer pilots utilize their own aircraft, fuel, and time to provide free air transportation to medical facilities for citizens who are financially distressed or otherwise unable to travel on public transportation."
"Free lodging is provided for cancer patients and caregivers traveling far from home. All lodging requests must begin with a referral from the patient's treatment facility located near the Hope Lodge community." See link for locations of the 31 Hope Lodges.
"CAN's sole mission is to transport cancer patients to the hospital at which they need to be in order to receive a specialized form of treatment. We pair empty seats — on both private and corporate planes — with qualified patients who need the rides... at no cost."
"If you or someone you love is receiving care at a VA or military medical center, check the list of current houses. There is never a charge to stay at a Fisher House."
"The mission of HHN is to support healthcare hospitality houses to be more effective in their service to patients and families."
"Joe's House website lists thousands of places to stay across the country near hospitals and treatments centers that offer a discount for traveling patients and their loved ones."
"If you need assistance to reach medical care, we can help. We provide assistance in the air with commercial airline tickets and volunteer pilots, and on the ground with gas cards and bus and train tickets."
"Free flights to those in need of life-changing medical care not available in their local communities. [...] Our team provides commercial plane tickets to all U.S.-based medical treatment facilities at no cost."
"Financial aid for treatment-related travel. Applications will be evaluated solely on need."
If you are unable to drive and do not have someone who can take you to your non-emergency medical appointments, there are several possibilities for assistance at no cost or low cost:
1) Your County's Nonprofit Organizations
In addition to the ACS below, a variety of organizations in your community may offer volunteer drivers or have reduced-cost transportation programs.
"The Road To Recovery Program provides [free] transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. [,,,] Depending on your individual needs and what’s available in your area, we may be able to coordinate a ride with an American Cancer Society volunteer driver."
2) Your County's Paratransit Services
"The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires most public transit systems to provide 'paratransit' services. Paratransit is for people with disabilities who cannot use the 'fixed route' bus or rail service (also known as 'mainline' service). Paratransit must provide service that is comparable to the service provided to people who use the fixed route system. [...] If you are eligible, the transit system [in your county] can charge you a fare, but it cannot charge paratransit riders more than twice the regular fixed route fare." DisabilityRightsTX.org provides more details in their guide, which is linked to above.
3) Your Healthcare Providers
You can ask your healthcare providers whether they offer no-cost-to-you transportation to/from appointments (which they instead pay for). Healthcare providers might have their own programs in place or use one of the following programs from Lyft or Uber:
"Eligible patients, health plan members, and Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries can request a ride to and from their medical appointment or other destination via the Lyft app, giving them more flexibility and control over their healthcare journey. The sponsoring healthcare or social services organization still covers the cost of the ride, while having access to built-in controls for budget, location, compliance, and more."
>> Uber Health
"Healthcare organizations are using Uber Health to help get people to and from the care they need. Uber Health is a HIPAA-compliant technology solution for healthcare organizations that leverages the ride hailing power of the Uber platform. The web-based dashboard allows hospitals and other healthcare professionals to request, manage, and pay for rides for others."
4) Your Health Insurance Provider
Depending on your insurance provider, your health coverage may include a certain amount of transportation for medical purposes. Call your specific health insurance provider and find out whether they provide no-cost or reduced-cost transportation options and how to access them.
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