As a mother with two children who have recently had many medical issues, I found myself constantly looking for assistance, state-aid programs and grants to help with the enormous financial strain that can bankrupt a family. While programs are out there, many are not easy to find or advertised like you would think, most are known from other families who stumbled upon them or word of mouth! So one of my major goals with this blog was to make a Medical Assistance Ultimate Directory to have once central location for families to get the help they need without spending countless hours online looking for help. I welcome any suggestions or if you know of a program, grant or resource you think could help other’s please email me at email@example.com. *This list will constantly be updating so make sure to check back monthly*
Autism Assistance Programs
- My GOAL Inc – grants for families of children with autism for treatments not covered by insurance or other sources
Cancer/Tumor Assistance Programs
- Alex’s Lemonade Stand, provides travel grants to medical institutions for families battling childhood cancer
- Bryan’s Dream Foundation, assist families of children with brain tumors
- Eden’s Hope, assists families of children with neuroblastoma
- Family Reach, financial assistance for families of children with cancer
- Matthew Larson Foundation, assists families of children with brain tumors
- The National Children’s Cancer Society, offers monetary assistance with travel, meals and lodging for families of children with cancer
- Love Your Melon, provides a free hat for children with cancer
- Clayton Dabney for kids with cancer, assists families in making memories during end stage cancer
- The Abigail Alliance is committed to helping create wider access to developmental cancer drugs and other drugs for serious life-threatening illnesses.
- The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition helps cancer patients by limiting financial challenges, through a broad range of advocacy, communications and education programs in collaboration with its member organizations.
- Cancer Care, provides professional support services, including counseling and support groups, education, financial assistance and practical help to anyone affected by cancer. Its services are provided free of charge by professional oncology social workers.
- Livestrong Foundation works to identify the issues faced by cancer survivors to comprehensively improve quality of life for members of the global cancer community.
- Always Keep Pedaling Foundation-Provide young adults in financial need with the means to use adventure sports, athletics, and adaptive sports to energize a comeback from cancer.
- Patient Advocate Foundation (Co-Pay Relief) – The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) Co-Pay Relief Program (CPR) currently provides direct financial support to insured patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries, who must financially and medically qualify to access pharmaceutical co-payment assistance. The program offers personal service to all patients through the use of call counselors; personally guiding patients through the enrollment process.
- The HealthWell Foundation addresses the needs of individuals with insurance who cannot afford their co-payments, coinsurance, and premiums for important medical treatments.
- Hill-Burton Free and Reduced Cost Health Care provides services to people who are unable to pay for hospitals, nursing homes and other health facilities.
- Patient Services, Inc. (PSI) helps patients living with specific chronic illnesses by: locating health insurance, subsidizing the cost of health insurance premiums, providing pharmacy and treatment co-payment assistance, assisting with Medicare Part D Co-insurance, and helping with advocacy for Social Security Disability.
- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Co-Pay Assistance Program assists patients with payment of insurance premiums and co-pay obligations, and the identification of additional sources of financial help.
Church/Religous Charity Programs
- The Catholic Charities USA– The Catholic Charities network in the United States is designed to help people in need at both the local and national level.
- Grotto Humanitarian Foundation, provides dental services for children with special needs
- Santa’s Little Hackers, sends children with special needs an adaptive toy at Christmas time
- Seedlings Braille Books, free braille books/articles for students in grades 1-12
- Wishers and Dreamers, free hospital gowns for your child’s doll/bear
- Gracie’s Gowns, free custom made hospital gowns for children with life-threatening illnesses
- The Butterfly Fund, clothing, services and care for children with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB)
- Kyler Koat Project, provides warm capes for children and adults in wheelchairs
- Special Kids Photography of America provides grants for family pictures
- Grains of Love, provides love packages for individuals in need of comfort
- Blessing Boxes, provide toys for children with chronic illnesses or injuries
- Feel Better Friends, sends children with cancer and other illnesses a crochet doll stuffed with love and well wishes
- Shadow Buddies, sends a doll buddy to your child for emotional support in time of need
- Sweet Dreams for Kids, provides a free pair of pajamas for children who are in hospitals
- Lara’s Gowns for Smiles, provides a colorful hospital gown for children who are in hospitals
- Hugginz by Angel, provides blankets and pillows to comfort children dealing with serious illness, medical condition or tragedy
- Project Fairy Dust & Magic Wands, provides a handmade tiaras for princesses in distress
- Peach’s Neet Feet, creates custom decorated shoes for children with a qualifying medical condition
- Tiny Superheroes, sends a cape to your little superhero
- Bianca’s Kids, provides needed wishes for families
- Knitting Rays of Hope, knits hats for cancer patients, babies in NICU and other special deliveries
- Ween Dream, collects and delivers Halloween costumes for children with medical conditions and children in need
- Butterflies for Courageous Kids, sends a butterfly of encouragement for children battling cancer and other
- Special Spaces, creates dream bedrooms for children with critical illnesses
- Room to Dream, bedrooms designed for children in need
- Graham’s Foundation, sends a care package to families with premature babies
- Icing Smiles, works with bakers provide free birthday cake to a child or a sibling impacted by a serious illness
- Cakes Against Cancer for Kids, provides a designer cake for children going through cancer treatments on their birthday or special day
- Comforting Hugs Foundation, sends a care package and small monetary grant to families in hospital facing cancer or long-term illness
- Songs of Love Foundation, create personalized uplifting songs,free of charge, for children and teens currently facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges.
- Sweet Julia Grace Foundation, provides families who have a child with critical illness or medical crisis assistance with non-medical needs and creating memories
- Modest Need – Modest Needs offers three main types of grants: Self-Sufficiency Grants, Back-to-Work Grants, and Independent Living Grants. The grants we offer at Modest Needs come with no strings attached and do not ever have to be repaid. Modest Needs’ grant programs are designed PRIMARILY to assist individuals and families who generally are able to pay their monthly bills with no help from anyone, who don’t qualify for conventional types of social or charitable assistance, and who are facing a financial crisis because they’ve encountered a single, unexpected expense they just can’t afford on their own.
- Snap4Kids, provides modest grants to families in need
- Building Blocks for Kids, provides grants for health related needs
- Hannah and Friends, provides quality of life grants for individuals with developmental disabilities in Indiana, the Michiana area, New York, Rhode Island, and Florida
- Maggie Welby Foundation, provides grants to families in need
- Mark’s Money, grants for individuals with Down Syndrome residing in Tennessee or Indiana
- Molly Bear Foundation, grants for families of children with Trisomy 18
- Allyson Whitney Foundation-Give Life Interrupted Grants that cover a wide range of needs, including (but not limited to): current and residual medical bills, rent, utilities, car and health insurance premiums, IVF treatments, integrative therapies, travel expenses, computer, phone, hair pieces, etc. to patients between the ages of 15-36.
- QuestCares – For $10 a year, the QuestCares™ Uninsured Patient Program gives special prices on tests doctors order most often. This program is not income-dependant but only covers the most popular Quest tests. Check to see if your tests are included before joining.
- LabCorp’s LabAccess Partnership – This lower-cost option is available to patients with no insurance or those who’s insurance excludes lab testing. They have removed references to this from their website but the program does exist. Contact your local branch and ask about their Lab Access Partnership Program
Lyme Disease Financial Aid/Resources
- Lyme-Tap – Lyme Disease Testing Lyme-TAP is a patient assistance program helping patients with financial hardship pay for diagnostic Lyme testing who would otherwise be unable to afford testing.
- Lyme Aid for kids – For Patients Under Age 21
- Lyme Light Foundation – For Patients ages 3-25
- Lyme Roommates
- Lymies Seeking Roomates
- L.E.A.P. – Financial Assistance Program – There is very little financial assistance available for children and adults suffering with Lyme disease. We at L.E.A.P. are attempting to raise funds for this very purpose for patients in Arizona and across the United States. Our program consists of a financial assistance application which is confidentially reviewed and verified during the approval process. When patients are approved for assistance, all funds disbursed on their behalf are sent directly to their providers/creditors after insurance payments and balance verification. We make sure that grants and donors’ contributions are used appropriately.
- Omega – SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR LIVING WELL WITH LYME DISEASE
- Danielle’s Foundation – We strive to help families gain access to therapies, equipment and other benefits for their children who have Cerebral Palsy or Brain Injuries.
- McLindon Family Foundation – Adaptive Bikes for children with special needs.
- United Healthcare Children’s Foundation – UHCCF grants provide financial help/assistance for families with children that have medical needs not covered or not fully covered by their commercial health insurance plan. The Foundation aims to fill the gap between what medical services/items a child needs and what their commercial health benefit plan will pay for- 16 years old and younger.
- The Arya Foundation, provides medical equipment such as ramps, special beds and walking aides.
- MY GYM Challenged America, provides grants for medical equipment and therapy equipment for families with special needs
- The Lindsay Foundation, provides medical care, treatment and rehab equipment grants
- Stepping Stones for Stella, provides buggies for children with special needs to enjoy outdoors to its fullest
- The Danny Did Foundation, provides seizure/epilepsy devices to children in need
- First Hand Foundation, provides financial assistance for medical care, vehicle modification and travel
- Chelsea Hutchison Foundation, provides seizure monitoring and seizure assistance dogs
- Variety of United States, provides equipment and services for mobility, independence and social inclusion
- The Prayer Child Foundation, provides assistance to children with disabilities to enhance quality of life
- Wheel to Walk Foundation, assists with equipment not provided by insurance
- Gwendolyn Strong Foundation, provides iPads for children with spinal muscular
- Friend’s of Man, assists with medical and mobility equipment and prothesis
- Wheelchairs 4 Kids, provides assistive devices and medical equipment to families in need
- Project Mend, refurbishes mobility devices and assists families with medical equipment needs
- TJ Joy Memorial Fund, assists families in obtaining seizure monitoring devices
- Gia Nicole Angel Foundation, assist with purchase of medical equipment
- Challenged Athletes Foundation, provides grants for paralympic sports related needs
- Different Needz Foundation, provides grants for medical equipment
- Ray Tye Medical Foundation, funds life saving medical care and surgeries for those without
- Be Perfect Foundation, offers financial assistance for individuals living with paralysis
- Chariots of Hope, accepts donations of wheelchairs and refurbishes them for others for free
- MIRA Foundation, provides guide dogs for blind children ages 11-17
- Clinic Of Angels – The Clinic of Angels is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 2005 by Michael Cichon MD. Dr. Cichon, a board certified Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease physician has practiced in the Tampa Bay area for over 30 years. His purpose in starting this organization was to help chronically ill patients by providing financial resources to help in their medical care.
- June Brandy Foundation, assists families with children who have pediatric illness/disability
- Alyssa V. Phillips Foundation, assists children with cerebral palsy to help with therapies or other medical treatments insurance doesn’t cover
- Aubrey Rose Foundation, assists families with medical expenses
- Fred’s Footsteps, provides financial assistance to families during a child’s illness
- Take a Breather Foundation, for children with cystic fibrosis
- Healing the Children provides support for children with burn injuries, cleft palates and other deformities whose families don’t have access to or cannot afford treatment.
- Shriners Hospitals for Children– is a health care system of 22 hospitals that provides pediatric specialty care. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s mission is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. No child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.
- Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children focuses on the treatment of pediatric orthopedic conditions.
- Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation Provides emergency assistance within 24 hours to single caregivers of children with catastrophic or life threatening illnesses who are in financial crisis.
PANDAS/PANS Financial Assistance Programs
- PANDAS/PANS Advocacy & Support-is a non profit organization that is focused on building public awareness of Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders and providing support to families struggling with the medical, educational, social-emotional, and financial hardships of these disorders.
- Needy Meds
- AAA Members Prescription Savings
- Prescription Hope
- Rx Assist
- Free Drug Card – Prescription Financial Assistance
- Bridges to Access
- Prescription Hope – A program helping people get prescriptions at a much lower price. So if you are taking antibiotics, iv’s, etc, they could be a great resource to look into. From their website “We assist individuals who need to take prescription medications, yet lack the income to afford the monthly expense. Since our founding in 2001 we have assisted thousands of uninsured and underinsured individuals throughout the United States in obtaining prescriptions directly from the manufacturer.”
Rare Disease Assistance/Programs
- Go Shout Love, features a family battling a rare illness and raises funds for them
- Hands to Angels, helps families of children with rare genetic disorders
- NORD: You may have to contact NORD to see if your rare disease would qualify for any of their programs
- Medication Aid – NORD’s Medication Assistance Programs are designed to help patients who are without insurance or are under insured obtain access to these medications.
- Disease Specific Aid– Designed to help patients with out-of-pocket costs associated with their insurance plans such as monthly premiums, deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance. In addition, some programs may provide financial assistance with other expenses related to a patient’s diagnosis such as travel to diagnostic centers/clinics, diagnostic testing, initial consultation with healthcare professionals, and infusion costs for uninsured or under insured patients.
Respite Programs/Child Care Assistance
- Family Caregiver Alliance – Family Caregiver Alliance supports and sustains the important work of families nationwide caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.
- Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, provides medical and respite housing to critically ill children and their families
Travel Assistance Programs
- The National Patient Travel HELPLINE provides information about charitable, long-distance medical air transportation and provides referrals to sources of help available in the national charitable medical air transportation network.
- Patient AirLift Services arranges free air transportation based on need to individuals requiring medical care and for other humanitarian purposes.
- TSA Cares is a helpline to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. TSA recommends that passengers call 72 hours ahead of travel to for information about what to expect during screening.
- Miracle Flights for Kids helps children who are struggling with severe illness fly to specialized medical treatment centers anywhere across the U.S.
- Mercy Medical Angels provides both air and ground transportation support for patients in need of specialized medical care outside their local region.
- Angel Flight, free medical and compassion flights
- Double “H” Ranch provides specialized programs and year-round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses.
- New Directions provides high quality local, national, and international travel vacations and holiday programs for people with mild to moderate developmental disabilities.
- Serious Fun Children’s Network is an international family of camps and programs that provide life-changing experiences to children with serious medical conditions, always free of charge.
- Hospitality Homes provides temporary housing in volunteer host homes and other donated accommodations for families and friends of patients seeking care at Boston-area medical centers.
- The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program provides free transportation for cancer patients receiving treatment at a nearby hospital or medical facility.
- SSI 800-772-1213
- State Medicaid 800-633-4227
- Food Stamps – SNAP (find your State’s contact number)
- WIC (find your State’s contact number)
- 2-1-1 Information and Referral. In 2005, 2-1-1 service expanded to reach 46% of the United States population, covering 36 states. While services that are offered through this three-digit telephone number vary from community to community, 2-1-1 (a partnership of United Way and AIRS, the Alliance for Information and Referral Systems) provides callers with information and referrals to human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. refers to such services as help with utilities, rent, food pantries, clothing closets, clinics, etc.
- The Emergency Food Assistance Program – Find your State’s contact number
- Small Steps in Speech, grant funds for speech and language disorder therapies
- Silent Stars, provides iPads for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- The HIKE Fund, provides hearing devices for children in need
- Kya’s Krusade, grants for therapies
- Miracle Ear Foundation, provides free hearing aids to individuals in need
- The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project, provides the tools for a therapeutic and fun experience to children with physical and developmental needs
- iPads for Apraxia, awards iPads and protective cases to aid in communication
Summer Camps/Family Fun
- Surf Dreams Foundation: currently various cities on the east coast, helping children experience surfing for the first time
- Give Kids the World: a popular wish organization destination, see database for participating organizations
- Buckmaster’s Life Hunts provides a hunting experience for a child with critical illness or severe disability
- Camp Sunshine a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families
- Catch-A-Dream, once in a lifetime hunting and fishing experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses
- Hunt of a Lifetime, hunting and wishing dreams for children with life-threatening illnesses
- Outdoor Dream Foundation, outdoor adventures for children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses
- Ride A Wave, a special day at the beach for children with special needs
- United Special Sportsmen Alliance, sends critically ill and terminally ill youth and disabled veterans on outdoor adventures
- Epilepsy Foundation-Texas, free summer camps for children with epilepsy
- Amputee Coalition, free summer camp for children with limb differences in Ohio
- Connecticut Burns Foundation, free summer camp for children with life altering burn injuries
- Paul Newman Camps: Double H Ranch, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and Camp Boggy Creek (and many more) are all free to campers
- Camp Make-A-Dream, offers cost free programs to children, teens, young adults and women with cancer
- Deliver the Dream, free family retreats in Florida. Each weekend is for a different medical condition.
- Lighthouse Family Retreat, free family retreat to reconnect as a family after cancer treatments
- National Parks and Federal Recreational Land- Access pass, free admission to all sites and discounts on amenities
- The Center for Courageous Kids, free summer camps and family respite weekends
Utility Assistance Programs
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) If you receive Medicaid, you may be eligible for discounts on utilities such as electric, gas, phone, water and more. Ask your Medicaid caseworker, or google search “Medicaid utility (and your state)” for program information. (202) 401-9351
- Lifeline and Linkup (discounted phone service) 888-225-5322
- Low Cost In-Home Internet Access – This is a program by Comcast, but other companies may provide a similar program too, so if Comcast doesn’t serve your area, contact your local provider and see if they offer a similar program. If your child qualifies for the reduced lunch program, your family can qualify for this offer – $10 a month for in-home internet plus low cost computers, free virus software, free Internet training — online, in print and in person.
- Ben’s Blankets, weighted blankets for children with sensory needs at the cost of materials
- Parker Lee Project, helps families afford medical equipment
- Sharing the Weight, provides free weighted blankets to children who could benefit from one
- Wish Upon A Hero – Wish Upon A Hero is a website that brings together people to help grant wishes big and small. No wish is too large, no hero is too small.
- Sponsor a child for their birthday
- Make-A-Wish-grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition
- Dream Factory-The Dream Factory is the largest children’s wish-granting organization that does not limit its mission to children who have life-threatening illness. The organization believes children with chronic illnesses and disorders also suffer from substantial emotional and physical pain.
- Sunshine Foundation-Sunshine Foundation’s sole purpose is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to financial strain that the child’s illness may cause.
- Kids Wish Network-is an international charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs
- Hope Kids-Hope Kids provides ongoing events, activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition. We surround these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope can be a powerful medicine
- Jason’s Dream for Kids – Jason’s Dreams for Kids, Inc. is an organization, which was founded in memory of Jason Douglas Creager, who passed away on January 18, 1992 after losing his battle with cancer. Jason’s Dreams for Kids, Inc. is devoted to granting wishes to children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.
- The Marty Lyons Foundation-The Marty Lyons Foundation was established in 1982 to fulfill the special wishes of children chronologically aged three (3) and seventeen (17) years old, who have been diagnosed as having a terminal or life threatening illness by providing and arranging special wish requests.
- Angelwish-was created in 1999 with the mission to provide the public with an easy way to grant wishes to the millions of children that are living with chronic illnesses around the world.
- A Special Grant Angel Wishes and Travel, grants a travel wish to individuals ages 3-75 with less than 12 months to live
- Dream Foundation, grants wishes to adults with life threatening illnesses