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Actor's Fund of America
Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center
The AHIRC database was created in 1998 by The Actors' Fund of America, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, as a health insurance resource for artists and people in the entertainment industry. Since then, with support from The Commonwealth Fund, it has expanded to include resources for the self-employed, low-income workers, the under-insured, the uninsured who require medical care and many other groups.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

American Kidney Fund
The American Kidney Fund was founded in 1971 and has since become the nation's leading non-governmental source of direct financial assistance for needy kidney patients. Each year, AKF helps thousands of dialysis and transplant patients pay for treatment necessities and shines the torch of comfort and hope into the lives of those patients and their families.
The American Kidney Fund's (AKF) Individual Patient Grants pay for urgently needed transportation to treatment, over-the-counter medications, health insurance premiums and living kidney donor expenses. The AKF Pharmacy Program provides vital prescription medicines, nutritional supplements and medical equipment to qualified kidney patients. AKF establishes Patient Emergency Funds in dialysis and kidney transplant facilities. These funds enable facility staff to give immediate small cash grants to patients in emergency situations. AKF's Disaster Relief Program helps kidney patients get back on their feet when environmental crises strike their communities. AKF has helped victims of floods, hurricanes and earthquakes. Contact: The American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852; 800-638-8299; 301-881-3052; Fax: 301-881-0898; Email: helpline@kidneyfund.org
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization. The Foundation was established in 1998 to provide temporary assistance to qualifying patients with a financial hardship who generally have no private prescription drug insurance and are not enrolled in a prescription drug coverage plan through Medicaid or any other federal, state or local health program. The program provides free medications to indigent patients who qualify in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Children's Health Coverage in Michigan
Medicaid and CHIP provide no-cost or low-cost health coverage for eligible children in Michigan. Even if your children have been turned down in the past or you don't know if they qualify, you may be able to get health coverage for them now. Medicaid and CHIP provide health coverage for children so that they can get routine check-ups, immunizations and dental care to keep them healthy. They can also get doctor visits, prescription medications and hospital care when they're sick, and much more. How to Get Started : Call 1-877 KIDS NOW (1-877-543-7669) to talk to someone in Michigan or check out some of the state websites listed on this website.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Discounts On Dental And Vision Care: A Tip from Matthew Lesko
If you live near a university that has a dental or optometry school, then you may be in luck. Many of these schools offer reduced fee services for dental care or vision screening. You will receive treatment from students, but they will be supervised by some of the best people in the field. These schools also often conduct research studies, so you if you qualify, you may be able to receive treatment for free. My eleven-year-old daughter gets glasses, contacts, plus free contact solution for three years, because she is part of a study on nearsightedness in children. Not a bad deal! To locate schools near you, you can contact American Dental Education Association, 1400 K Street, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005; 202-289-7201.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Esophageal Cancer Assistance Center
Financial Assistance for Cancer Patients and Their Families
Cancer imposes heavy economic burdens on both patients and their families. For many people, a portion of medical expenses is paid by their health insurance plan. For individuals who do not have health insurance or who need financial assistance to cover health care costs, resources are available, including Government-sponsored programs and services supported by voluntary organizations. Cancer patients and their families should discuss any concerns they may have about health care costs with their physician, medical social worker, or the business office of their hospital or clinic.
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Financial Assistance for Prostheses and Other Assistive Devices
Courtesy of the National Limb Loss Information Center.
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Finding Low Cost Dental Care
Sponsored by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Fisher House Foundation Emergency Medical Assistance
The Fisher House Foundation provides a "Home Away from Home" near military medical centers for families experiencing a personal medical crisis and is one of the premiere quality of life organizations supporting military families. The Foundation volunteered to underwrite the administration of this program.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Free or Low Cost Health Coverage
Sponsored by the Foundation for Health Coverage Education.
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Free Wheelchairs
The American Cancer Society, Inc. (1599 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329; 800-ACS-2345), Easter Seals (230 West Monroe Street, Suite 1800, Chicago, IL 60606; 800-221-6825; 312-726-6200; fax: 312-726-1494), and other helpful organizations provide free wheelchairs and other medical related equipment, like walkers, commodes, bathtub rails, bathtub chairs, crutches, transfer benches, electric wheelchairs and scooters, on a short- or long-term basis. Some programs require deposits that are completely refundable. Check with your local office of the American Cancer Society and Easter Seals. You can also contact your state Department of Health.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Hill-Burton Free and Reduced Cost Health Assistance
Brochure describing Hill-Burton program
In 1946, Congress passed a law that gave hospitals, nursing homes and other health facilities grants and loans for construction and modernization. In return, they agreed to provide a reasonable volume of services to persons unable to pay and to make their services available to all persons residing in the facility's area. The program stopped providing funds in 1997, but about 300 health care facilities nationwide are still obligated to provide free or reduced-cost care.
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How to Pay for Mental Health Services
Courtesy of Health Place.
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Joe's House
Joe's House is a nationwide, nonprofit organization that serves cancer patients, their advocates, and social workers by providing a national online directory of local lodging accommodations.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Kidney & Urology Foundation of America
Patient Emergency Grant Program
Provides financial assistance to End Stage Renal Disease patients. Grants are limited to $100 per patient, per year. Assistance is provided for emergency situations only, and not for chronic or recurrent conditions. For example, our committee would consider a request for a patient who has broken his/her glasses and needs to replace them.Applications must go through your Social Worker and will not be faxed directly to patients. The Social Worker should be prepared to justify the requested amount (up to $100). To request an application, please have your social worker contact our Program Department at 212.629.9770 or 800.633.6628.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Patient Financial Assistance
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Medical and Dental Care without Insurance
Federally-funded health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. Health centers provide
(1) checkups when you're well
(2) treatment when you're sick
(3) complete care when you're pregnant
(4) immunizations and checkups for your children
(5) dental care and prescription drugs for your family
(6) mental health and substance abuse care if you need it
Health centers are in most cities and many rural areas. Type in your address and click the "Find Health Centers" button to find health centers near you. Database provied by the Health Resources and Services Administration.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Medline Plus Financial Assistance for Medicines and Medical Care
The National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health connect to information on available financial assistance for medicines and medical care.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Michigan Healthcare Assistance
This site provides information on where to find free or inexpensive health related services. Included are links to free clinics, mental health services, dental care, prescription drug programs, family planning, and cancer screening and treatment services. You can also find assistance with Medicaid enrollment here.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Consumer Financial Issues in Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
Financial Aid for Diabetes Care
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.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

National Eye Institute
Financial Aid for Eye Care
Many state and national resources regularly provide aid to people with vision problems. The National Eye Institute, which supports eye research, does not help individuals pay for eye care. However, if you are in need of financial aid to assess or treat an eye problem, you might contact one or more of the following programs. You may also contact a social worker at a local hospital or other community agency. Social workers often are knowledgeable about community resources that can help people facing financial and medical problems.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

National Foundation for Transplants
Organ and bone marrow transplant patients nationwide turn to National Foundation for Transplants when they need help in raising funds for transplant costs not covered by insurance. National Foundation for Transplants provides fundraising assistance and a lifetime commitment of advocacy on behalf of the patient.
Are you or a loved one facing large transplant-related bills that will not be fully covered by insurance? To talk with someone directly about how National Foundation for Transplants assists patients and their families in raising funds, call us toll-free at 800-489-3863.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearninghouse
Financial Help for Treatment of Kidney Failure
If you have permanent kidney failure, you may be worried about paying for the expensive treatments you need. In 1972, Congress passed legislation making people of any age with permanent kidney failure eligible for Medicare, a program that helps people over 65 and people with disabilities pay for medical care, usually up to 80 percent. Other public and private resources can help with the remaining 20 percent. Your dialysis or transplant center has a social worker who can help you locate and apply for financial assistance.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
Patient Assistance Program
Since 1987, NORD has administered medication assistance programs to assist uninsured or under-insured individuals in securing life-saving or life-sustaining medications. In addition to the estimated 50 million Americans who have no health insurance, an increasing number of insured individuals have policies that do not reimburse for prescription drugs. Others have policies with low annual caps on prescription drug expenditures. NORD works closely with humanitarian-minded pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to ensure that certain vital medications are available to those individuals whose income is too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to pay for their prescribed medications.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Nation's Voice on Mental Illness
Getting Help Paying for Medications
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Needy Meds Web Site
Some pharmaceutical companies have programs that provide free or lower cost medications to patients who could not otherwise pay for them. Each program has specific requirements about who is eligible and what kind of financial help is available. If you need help paying for drugs, talk to your doctor. He or she will need to call the coordinators of the appropriate program(s) and give them information about your financial status and prescription drug needs. The Needy Meds Web site can be can be accessed for an extensive list of pharmaceutical assistance programs
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Office of Minority Health Resource Center
Finding Low Cost Health Care 101
If you find yourself without health insurance or are unable to afford medical services, check out this list of resources.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Search engine courtesy of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. Patients can determine which programs they may be eligible for by answering questions and using the online application wizard. Caregivers can help patients determine which programs may be available and assist patients in answering questions and filling out forms with the online applications wizard. Doctors can research available patient assistance programs, print forms for your practice, and fill out forms for your patients with the online application wizard.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Patient Resource Cancer Guide : Financial Help for Patients and Families
Provides names and Web addresses of organizations that offer financial assistance to people affected by cancer, or that have links to organizations that may provide such help.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Paying for Mental Health Services
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Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news, and articles so that health care professionals and patients can find the information they need. All in one place. Courtesy of the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

RxHope is exactly what its name implies...a helping hand to people in need in obtaining critical medications that they would normally have trouble affording. We act as your advocate in making the patient assistance program journey easier and faster by supplying vital information and help.
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Social Security Administration
Blind Or Have Low Vision Assisance
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Sustainable Kidney Care Foundation
The Sustainable Kidney Care Foundation (SKCF) provides affordable and sustainable treatment options for kidney failure where none exists. The Foundation emphasizes the diagnosis and management of reversible acute kidney failure in women and children. The Foundation supports training in care and research for those involved in the delivery of care in parts of the world where little or no local treatment is available.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation
The grants provide financial relief for families who have children with medical needs not covered or not fully covered by their commercial health benefit plan. The Foundation aims to fill the gap between what medical services/items your child needs and what your commercial health benefit plan will pay for.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Women's Mental Health : When You Need It
Advice from WomensHealth.Gov.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Emergency Medical Transportation

Air Care Alliance
The Air Care Alliance is a nationwide organization of those pilots who volunteer to fly to provide assistance for health care, patient transportation or other volunteer missions. The website provides a listing of programs providing medical transportation, non-patient transports, and ways to volunteer. To locate information on the program near you, contact Air Care Alliance, 6202 South Lewis Ave., Suite F2, Tulsa, OK 74136; telephone: 918-745-0384 or 888-260-9707.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Air Ambulance Network
Bedside-to-bedside critical care transports, elective aeromedical transports, commercial airline stretcher services, and medical escorts for flights on commercial airlines.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Air Transport Services/Ambulances
A commercial listing of national and international ambulance services.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

AMR Air Amulance
Provides fixed-wing air ambulance transport services for patients, family members, and providers of medical care. Air Ambulance Specialists, Inc. (AASI) delivers bed-to-bed service, specialized medical care during transport, and other necessary incidentals for any of three levels of medical care -- basic life support, advanced life support, and critical care -- on domestic and international flights.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Angel Flight for Veterans
Resources for veterans and active-duty military personnel and their families in need of medical or compassionate air transportation.
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Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic
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Cheap Air Fare to See a Sick Relative: A Tip from Matthew Lesko
Not free, but at least you don't have to pay full price. When a family member is very ill or has died, families have to make last minute airline reservations. Obviously you lose out on the 21-day advance purchase rates, but almost all airlines offer bereavement or compassion fares for domestic travel. Generally the fares are available to close family members, and the discount on the full-fare rate varies from airline to airline. Many require that you provide the name of the deceased and the name, address and phone number of the funeral home handling arrangements. In the case of a medical emergency, the name and address of the affected family member and the name, address and phone number of the attending physician or hospital are required. Contact the airline of your choice to learn more about the "Bereavement/Compassion Fares." Full fare rates vary from airline to airline, but you could save up to 50%.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Corporate Angel Network
Arranges free travel on corporate jets for cancer patients, bone marrow donors, and bone marrow recipients to ease the emotional stress, physical discomfort, and financial burden of travel for cancer patients by using the empty seats on corporate aircraft flying on routine business. The patient is permitted to bring an adult companion; children can travel with two adults.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Lifeline Pilots
Founded in 1981 by Wanda Whitsitt, a Champaign, Illinois, homemaker and Pilot, Lifeline, Inc. operates as LifeLine Pilots, the oldest regional humanitarian air care organization in America. It was Mrs. Whitsitt's vision to provide direct flight assistance to people in distress, a greatly needed and unavailable service at that time. Thus, LifeLine Pilots, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit agency, was born with a mission of providing people in medical and financial distress with access to free air transportation on small (4-6 seat), private aircraft for distant health care and other compelling human needs. Today, this vision is shared by many Volunteer Pilot Organizations throughout the United States and Canada. Focuses on serving the Midwest region.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Miracle Flights for Kids
A nonprofit organization that arranges for free, comfortable flights for children that need to receive specialized medical care not available to them locally. For more information, contact Miracle Flights for Kids, 2756 N. Green Valley Parkway #115, Green Valley, NV 89014; Telephone: 702-261-0494; Fax: 702-261-0497
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Northwoods AirLifeline
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The National Patient Travel Helpline provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical air transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help available in the national charitable medical air transportation network.
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Pilots for Christ Michigan Chapter
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Trinity Air Ambulance
Trinity Air Ambulance provides 24/7 emergency medical transportation worldwide by fixed wing air ambulance. Our dedicated medical teams are experienced in critical care for all types of transports: Newborns, Pediatrics, Cardiac, Trauma, etc. Trinity Air also provides medical escorts for commercial travel and stretcher flights.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Volunteer Mercy Pilots lands office at Capital City; New home will boost group's exposure, accessibility
Some local pilots hope a new office at Capital City Airport and their first full-time office employee will help them save more lives, according to an article by Rob Palmer in the Lansing State Journal, April 24, 2006. Volunteer Mercy Pilots provides free flights for people in need of medical care whose health or finances make commercial transportation impossible. The pilots volunteer their time and airplanes, and the organization pays for the fuel with donations and grants. Criteria for using Volunteer Mercy Pilots services:
(1) The patient's doctor must state that the patient needs treatment not available locally.
(2) The doctor must certify that the patient is capable of flying in a light airplane and must sign a medical release form.
(3) The patient must have a financial hardship that affects obtaining transportation.
(4) For more information, to request a flight or to volunteer (pilot or nonpilot), call 323-4718.
(5) Tax-deductible donations to help cover fuel costs may be sent to Volunteer Mercy Pilots, 3121 Circle Drive West, Lansing, MI 48906.
Google seems to indicate headquarters have now moved to East Lansing.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Volunteer Pilots Association
The Volunteer Pilots Association is a charitable non-profit organization providing air transportation to needy people who must travel to obtain medical treatment. Our member pilots, flying privately owned general aviation aircraft, donate their time and flight expenses. Because there is never a charge to those we fly, a verifiable financial need must exist. Our organization also transports donor organs and other time critical medically related items. Contact Volunteer Pilots Association, P.O. Box 471, Bridgeville, PA 15017; telephone: 412-221-1374; Email: info@volunteerpilots.org.
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Wings of Mercy East Michigan
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Wings of Mercy West Michigan
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SciVal Funding
Provides access to a searchable database of more than 12,000 active opportunities, 2.25M awards (back to 2004), and 4500 funding bodies. Geographic coverage is strongest for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, European Commission, Australia, Ireland, Singapore, India, South Africa, and New Zealand. At present academic discipline coverage is strongest in the sciences and business; hopefully it will beef up funding information in the arts, humanities, and social sciences as time goes by.
For more information see Frequently Asked Questions: MSU Scholars (SciVal Experts/SciVal Funding)
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (Main Library Access Only)
Includes descriptions of more than 6,000 foundations and public charities that fund individual grantseekers, and is searchable by nine different criteria. Records provide contact information, financial data, application information, and program descriptions, with links to more than 500 foundation Web sites. Updated quarterly.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

An extensive online grants database owned and operated by Schoolhouse Partners, and it contains more than 16,000 funding opportunities provided by more than 5,100 unique sponsoring organizations. Also provides a selection of funding news.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

MSU Scholarship Search
MSU offers a wide variety of scholarships, some of which have criteria which severely limit the number of students who might be eligible for the scholarship, while others have much broader criteria. This facility should help you find those MSU scholarships for which you might be eligible. You can search either by unit (College/Department) within the University or by criteria such as major/specialization, Michigan county of permanent residence, high school, or study abroad.
(Last checked 02/22/16)

Cornell University
Graduate School Fellowships Database
(Last checked 02/22/16)

If you have access to the world wide web and are willing to fill in the online forms, this service promises a free customized list of financial aid sources. FastWeb is actually a searchable database of more than 400,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans from more than 3,000 sources for all levels of higher education. First-time visitors have to register (first and last name and a user ID), then complete a profile, including background and fields of study. Registrants then receive a list of all currently relevant funding sources. The registration information is stored and can be used on subsequent visits. The entire sign-up process, and delivery of available funding sources, can be a bit tedious: about five to twenty minutes, depending on the connection speed. Approximately 500 new scholarships are added to the database daily, so registrants can stay current. Provided courtesy of Financial Aid Information Page and Student Services, Inc. created by Mark Kantrowitz and sponsored by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
(Last checked 02/22/16)


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Annual Register of Grant Support
Wilmette, Ill. : National Register Publishing Co., annual. Funding Center (1 East) LB2336 .A7
Includes information on programs sponsored by government agencies, public and private foundations, educational and professional associations, special interest organizations and corporations. Covers a broad range of interests including academic and scientific research, publication support, equipment and construction support, in-service training, competitions and prizes, and travel and exchange programs. Organized by broad subject areas with four indexes: subject, organization and program, geographic and personnel.

Directory of Research Grants
Phoenix, Ariz. : The Oryx Press, annual. Funding Center (1 East) LB2338 .D5
An annual print version of the Grants Database. Contains information about grants and fellowships available for research projects from federal and state governments, private foundations, professional organizations, and corporations. List grants programs by specific funding areas; indexed by sponsoring organization and grant name.

Foundation Grants to Individuals
New York, N.Y. : Foundation Center, biennial. Funding Center (1 East) LB2336 .F6
The most comprehensive listing available of private foundations which provide financial assistance to individuals. The foundations described have made grants to students, artists, scholars, foreign individuals, minorities, musicians, scientists and writers for scholarships, fellowships, student loans, internships, residencies, arts and cultural projects, medical and emergency assistance, residencies and travel programs.

The Grants Register
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, annual. Funding Center (1 East) LB2338 .G7
The complete guide to postgraduate funding worldwide.


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