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COVID-19 Assistance Programs

June 5, 2020
COVID-19 Assistance Programs

Many of the charitable organizations you may be familiar with including, Patient Services Inc. (PSI), PAN, The Assistance Fund, and the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF), also have COVID specific funds. These funds vary in amounts and eligibility criteria so please check with each organization to see if you qualify.

 

PAN Foundation COVID-19 Treatment and Prevention Fund

  • Amount: $300
  • Available for Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with COVID-19 or directed to self-quarantine and who also have cancer or a chronic and rare disease
  • Assistance includes:
    • Treatment expenses for COVID-19
    • Over-the-counter and prescription medications, including delivery services
    • Medical equipment and supplies
    • Transportation to medical appointments or pharmacies
    • Groceries and meals, including delivery services
  • Eligibility:
    • Must be diagnosed with COVID-19 or directed to self-quarantine by their healthcare provider or government agency
    • Must also have cancer or a chronic or rare disease
    • Must have Medicare
    • Income must fall at or below 400% FPL
    • Must reside and receive treatment in the United States or U.S. territories. (U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.)
  • Contact information: 1-866-316-7263

 

PSI Emergency Assistance Fund

  • Amount: $500
  • Financial assistance for:
    • Rent and mortgage
    • Phone bill
    • Utilities (electric, gas, etc.)
    • Emergency childcare
  • Eligibility:
    • Must be a currently active PSI patient who meets income criteria and
    • Self or member of household has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or suffered a job loss or reduction in workforce hours due to COVID-19.
  • Please note, assistance is limited to one patient per household.
  • To apply, call 800-366-7741 or visit the patient portal

 

The Assistance Fund (TAF) COVID-19 Health Insurance Assistance Program

  • Amount: grants of up to $2,500 for health insurance for the remainder of 2020. Recipients who have experienced a disruption in their health insurance coverage due to a COVID-19 related job loss
  • Applicants required to submit verification that they have lost insurance, purchased new insurance or are paying for a continuation of their previous insurance, and proof of economic hardship.
  • Eligibility:
    • Actively enrolled or have been enrolled in a TAF copay program in 2020; you must have filed a claim in 2020; and must not be currently enrolled in a TAF financial assistance program.
    • Legal resident of the United States or a US territory, and must fall within household-income and household-size financial guidelines based upon FPL
    • Insurance coverage must have been impacted by a COVID-19-related job loss
    • Must have secured or be in the process of securing replacement insurance (or must be paying directly for continuation of existing insurance).
    • Must submit a complete program application that includes the patient’s attestation
  • Apply and information: click here

 

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) COVID Care Recovery Fund

  • Amount: $500
  • Financial assistance for:
    • Food/nutrition expenses, including food delivery and take-out/pick-up services for both restaurants and groceries
    • Utility bills, including phone, cable, and internet services, and water, sewer, electricity, gas, trash, propane refill expenses.
    • Rent or mortgage payments
    • Car payments and other transportation expenses
    • Temporary lodging, including for a caregiver
  • Eligibility:
    • Currently diagnosed with COVID-19 or diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past six months
  • To apply, call 1-855-824-7941 (select option 1) or click here to apply online

PAN has a growing list of COVID-19 financial assistance programs. But, please be aware that you must check directly with each of the programs listed to determine their qualifications and availability. To see the listing: https://www.panfoundation.org/covid-19-financial-support-fund/resources/