Financial Assistance for People with sight Issues, Medication Needs or a service animal on Such A Site
First, let me give you information which was provided to me by Bankrate. They saw my website and asked if I would include their site on my website. I am doing that right now as it is important for anyone thinking about obtaining a service animal. To help those who are unable to afford the cost of a service animal, Bankrate created a guide that breaks down the total costs of obtaining a service dog, and provides a list of several alternative methods for financing these costs. They also included a list of accredited organizations who provide complete or partial financial assistance for several different causes and individuals in need. If you click on this link it will take you to their site for all this information.
Next is what I copied from the page of living Well with Low Vision who are sponsored by Prevention of Blindness dot org.
Below is a list of places to contact if you are in need of financial assistant for issues relating to a low vision problem or, a problem with affording medications.
Financial Assistance for Eye Care
At one time or another, we all need help. With the high cost of medical care and prescriptions, it is good to know that there is assistance for those of us who qualify. This is a compilation of agencies and organizations that welcome your call.
First inquire about assistance from local and state agencies:
Local – Contact a social worker at a local hospital or community agency.
State – Find agencies listed by state on the MD Support web site at www.mdsupport.org/resources/agencies_us.html
Then contact these organizations:
EyeCare America® Program
P.O. Box 429098
San Francisco, CA 94142-9098
Phone: (877) 887-6327
Fax: (415) 561-8567
EyeCare America, sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, provides eye care to US citizens and legal residents through volunteer ophthalmologists, often at no out-of-pocket cost to those who qualify. Visit our website to find out if you or someone you know qualifies for eye care. More than 90 percent of care provided is at no out-of-pocket cost to EyeCare America patients.
To be eligible for the Seniors program, you:
If you are not
eligible for the Seniors program, you may qualify for the Glaucoma Program,
which provides a glaucoma eye exam at no cost to those who are uninsured.
To be eligible for the Glaucoma program, you:
Association of Blind Citizens – Operates the Assistive Technology Fund,
which provides funds to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or
Telephone: (781) 961-1023
Program – part of the Patient Advocate Foundation, this service helps pay for
the co-pays for pharmaceutical treatments such as Visudyne, Macugen and
Lucentis. All patients who carry primary insurance (even Medicare) are eligible.
Reimbursements are possible retroactively for up to a year.
Directory of Prescription Drug Patient Assistance Programs – Published by
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, identifies company
programs that provide prescription medications free of charge to physicians for
their needy patients.
Address: 549 Millburn Ave, P.O. Box 332, Short Hills NJ 07078-0332
Eylea 4U – Helps eligible patients who have unmet medical needs, are
uninsured, or lack coverage receive EYLEA® (aflibercept) injection free of
Genentech Access Solutions – Patient assistance support is for eligible
patients in the United States who don’t have insurance coverage or who can’t
afford out-of-pocket co-pay costs for Lucentis (bevacizumab) injection.
Lions Clubs International” – Provides financial assistance to individuals
for eye care through local clubs. There are Lions Clubs in most localities, and
services vary from club to club. Check your telephone book for the telephone
number and address of your local organization.
Telephone of National Office: (630) 571-5466
Address: 300 E 22nd St, Oakbrook IL 60523
The Medicine Program – Assists people to enroll in one or more of the many
patient assistance programs that provide prescription medicine free-of-charge to
those in need. Patients must meet the sponsor’s criteria. The program is
conducted in cooperation with the patient’s doctor.
Telephone: (573) 996-7300
Address: P.O. Box 4182, Poplar Bluff MO 63902-4182
Mission Cataract USA – Coordinated nationally by the Volunteer Eye
Surgeons’ Association providing free cataract surgery to people of all ages who
have no other means to pay. Free eye examinations and surgeries are scheduled
annually on one day, usually in May.
Telephone: (559) 797-1629
New Eyes for the
Needy – Provides vouchers for the purchase of new prescription eyeglasses.
Telephone: (973) 376-4903
Address: 549 Millburn Ave, P.O. Box 332, Short Hills NJ 07078-0332
Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation – Holistic support for people living
with retinal vein occlusion, macular disease and uveitis. Online
Telephone: 1-866-316-PANF (7263)
Patient Access Network Foundation – Provides financial assistance to
individuals who are insured, but have difficulty accessing specialty medicines
due to high co-pays and deductibles.
Rx Assist – Help in accessing pharmaceutical companies’ patient assistance programs.
S.E.E. International – Free sight-restoring surgery for patients who are not
eligible for any other social service programs. Referral required from a
recognized social service organization.
Telephone: (805) 963-3303/1-80020-TO-SEE (86-733)
Address: 7200 Hollister Ave, Unit A, Goleta CA 93117
Sight for Students – A VSP Vision Care (VSP) program providing eye exams and
glasses to children 18 years and younger whose families cannot afford vision
Social Security Administration
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