In addition to federal and state assistance, you may be able to find help from local organizations and communities. Nonprofit organizations that focus on helping patients have funds and resources to offset the cost of treatment and care.
An example of a nonprofit group that helps patients is Cancer Care, Inc. It helps cover the costs of services and treatment related to cancer. It also connects you with local charities that offer services, like free transportation to appointments, and have free medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, crutches, insulin pumps, and more.
One of the easiest ways to find local medical debt relief grants is through a Community Action Agency. Community Action Agency representatives can help connect you with organizations that provide medical grants and low- to no-cost medical services.
One significant benefit to working with a Community Action Agency is the timeframe when you receive funds. Local grants tend to disburse faster than state and federal grants.
Places where you can find non-federal grant programs include:
- Grants.gov, which is a federal website with a grant database. The site allows you to filter, search, and apply for grant opportunities. It keeps a catalog of grants from the government, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations.
- Candid, a comprehensive database of funding information and a network of grant resources.
- The Community Foundation Locator, which is a directory of state and regional grant networks. You can search by state or by name.
- Local libraries have access to government search engines and subscription-based tools, in some cases.
- State websites. State health departments often have an online list of grant and funding opportunities for residents.
- Local colleges and universities.
An online search can also help you identify local medical grants. You can research state, city, and even neighborhood financial assistance groups.
Likewise, research if local providers received government or non-government grants to assist patients. Contact local doctors and hospitals that received grant money for the care and treatment of patients (with or without your specific medical condition). Funded health care organizations may be able to provide free or significantly reduced care.
For example, the pharmaceutical company Pfizer provided grants to health care professionals for the treatment of patients with uterine fibroids and endometriosis. Organizations can request up to $250,000 for clinical research into the treatment of those conditions.
You should, however, be wary of scam artists posing as charities. You should never have to pay money to apply, give out your banking information, or Social Security number. Legit agencies should help guide you through application processes without a required payment.