PATIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Having trouble making ends meet? Have your social worker or transplant coordinator apply for financial assistance today (lost wages due to organ donation, prevention of insurance loss, and access to medication during insurance gap-periods for recipients).
The American Transplant Foundation’s Patient Assistance Program provides financial grants to financially vulnerable living donors and transplant recipients.
For living donors, assistance helps cover essential living expenses due to lost wages during recovery from organ transplant surgery. For transplant recipients, assistance helps provide one-time, emergency funds to cover insurance premiums, medication co-payments, and direct pharmacy costs.
Last year, the Patient Assistance Program helped 235 living organ donors and transplant recipients in 48 states with $154,309 in direct assistance. We worked with over 80 transplant centers to provide lifesaving funds to those in need.
Our program is designed to provide lifesaving monetary assistance for the most vulnerable patients with significant financial hardship. Our goal is to provide support so they won’t be in a financial trouble after giving the Gift of Life. This is the only program of its kind that is available nationwide that provides emergency financial assistance grants to transplant recipients and living organ donors, regardless of their legal status. All financial grant decisions are made by our Transplant Leadership Council (TLC) members.
We do not receive any government funding and rely on generous individuals to provide lifesaving donations that benefit patients in need.
Patient assistance program General Guidelines
Please read these guidelines closely before applying
If you are having trouble uploading the application or it is not saving, please contact us immediately.
- Applications may only be submitted by social workers and transplant coordinators. Individuals seeking assistance should contact their assigned social worker at their personal transplant center for details.
- Please have all vendor, insurance, income/expenses information ready before beginning the application. You may not save and return later.
If you are having trouble uploading or saving the application, please contact us immediately.
- For those approved by our volunteer voting committee, payment may not be processed by the vendors immediately. Please allow 3 weeks for the checks to be credited. At that time, if checks have not cleared, please contact us.
- Every application that we process is presented to our Transplant Leadership Council members, a group of dedicated volunteers, who ultimately vote on the funding decision. The more details we have about the patient, the more likely the application is to be approved.
- All disbursements will be made directly to the vendor, never to the patient.
- Note: Due to a high volume of applications, please expect the processing time to be 1-2 weeks to receive a funding decision from the volunteer voting committee via email.
LIVING DONOR APPLICATION Guidelines
Please read these guidelines closely before applying
- Financial assistance applications for living donors must be submitted at least 1 week before the date of the surgery. This gives us enough time to process the application and have a financial decision for the applicant, so we can either release the funds to their vendors on the day of the surgery or they can plan for other sources of assistance if their application is denied.
- We compensate for the wages lost during the recovery period for living organ donors, so the applicant must be employed and experience a loss of income while recovering from the surgery.
- Vendors include, but are not limited to, electricity/gas company, mortgage/rent company, vehicle payment/insurance company.
- We will send the check(s) to vendor(s) of approved living donor applicants after the surgery has been confirmed by the Social Worker.
PDF Application Guides:
Program Updates: Please read before applying
Effective February 6th 2018*
- 1.) Signed documentation from the employers of living donor applicants stating specifically how much paid time off and/or short term disability the patient has available for use during their recovery.
- 2.) The living donor applicant’s most recent pay-stub from their employer.
Please obtain this documentation prior to starting the application – you will be able to upload it directly into the application. If you have any questions or are unable to obtain this information, please contact us at Support@AmericanTransplantFoundation.org or 303-757-0959.
Please Note: We are experiencing a drastic increase in requests for lifesaving funds already in 2018 and therefor are only able to consider the most financially vulnerable transplant patients at this time. Please only submit applications for those in extreme need. Our program funds continue to be capped at $500 for living donors and $300 for transplant recipients.
We care deeply that these funds remain available to patients in need throughout the end of the year and have issued this short-term limit in order to avoid a situation where we can no longer accept applications. If you or someone you know can support the Patient Assistance Program to help ensure patients receive this emergency aid, please contact us or donate here.
If you are a social worker who believes your transplant center may be interested in sponsoring this much needed program in 2018 to ensure its survival, please contact our Senior Program Coordinator, Autumn Porter.