Answers From Our Expert: Insurance & Finances
Q: Can Life Options provide financial help for people who need a transplant?
A: The Life Options Rehabilitation Program does not have the funding to provide any financial assistance. However, here are some resources that may be able to help:
- Ask the social worker at the dialysis clinic or transplant program about local resources to help pay the indirect costs of transplant that you mentioned.
- Some states have special funding for people with kidney disease. Occasionally these funds help with indirect costs of transplantation.
- The United Network for Organ Sharing provides information on financing direct and indirect costs of transplant and provides several links to sources of help. This website provides a wealth of information about fund raising and how to screen an organization that will help you raise funds. Although I'm a social worker, I have no personal experience with any fund raising organization.
- The National Transplant Assistance Fund is a fund raising organization and one you might want to call and ask the questions that you find on the UNOS website.
- This article written by Cheryl Jacobs, a social worker at Fairview Transplant in Minneapolis, that discusses the direct and indirect costs of transplant and things to consider in fund raising for indirect costs of transplant.
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