The diagnosis of an acute life-threatening illness requiring transplantation is an unexpected event for many.
As the medical crisis unfolds there are many demands on a family’s budget, creating an enormous hardship for families who live to the full capacity of their income. The patient, usually unable to work, must now pay out-of-pocket for health insurance coverage.
COBRA health insurance coverage is costly and non-renal transplant patient candidates will not be eligible for Medicare coverage for up to 29 months. Maintaining health care coverage in the face of transplantation is of utmost importance but often times becomes an unaffordable expense. Loss of coverage due to lack of funds has a lasting impact on a patient’s access to health care.
The goal of the Insurance Assistance Program is to provide financial assistance to non-Medicare pre and post-transplant patients for the cost of their insurance premiums maintaining a continuation of medical insurance coverage.
ELIGIBILITY & PROCESS
To apply, you must:
- Be a Georgia resident.
- Show evidence of financial need.
- Candidates or recipient not currently receiving Medicare, Medicaid, or having eligibility for other state assistance programs.
- Discuss your need with your transplant center social worker.
- Submit completed application to your social worker or through the online application form below.
- Provide documents to support the requested assistance.
- Applications will be reviewed, once submitted and complete.
- Requesting social worker will be notified regarding the review decision.
- Checks are written, payable to the vendor, and mailed to the transplant recipient's home.