In my last post, I provided a list of places that may be able to help you with financial assistance for your MS medications. But these are not the only costs associated with MS. In addition to pharmaceutical assistance, there are programs available to address other needs as well. The primary organizations which offer assistance specific for MS-related needs include the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Each chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society offers different support programs to patients and family members within their district. Once you locate your chapter, go to the "Programs and Services" section of their website for more information. Be sure to call the chapter to enquire as to programs which may not be listed on the website.
Find an NMSS Chapter here or call 1-800-344-4867.
Examples of resources available include:
- One-time emergency funds to help with basic needs, such as rent, mortgage, phone bill, utilities, etc
- Limited funds for repairs, requipment, or modifications to your home or vehicle
- Items for loan and equipment assistance
- Respite assistance and caregiver support
- Transportation assistance
- Employment assistance
- Referrals to local vendors
- Counseling and support
- Education programs
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America / MRI Diagnostic Fund
The MSAA MRI Diagnostic Fund helps individuals obtain an initial diagnostic MRI of the brain by working with MS centers, imaging centers and doctors' offices. In cases of insurance denials or non-insured individuals, MSAA can also assist with payment for a diagnostic MRI. Certain income limits apply. Applicants household incomes must not exceed three times the federal poverty level for family size. Applicants must also have no insurance or have been denied coverage for the MRI exam. The MRI must be to make the diagnosis of MS; a physician letter is required.
Do not schedule or have an MRI until MSAA has approved your application. MSAA will direct you to an imagining center in your area. Remember you are responsible for any associated fees or charges such as physician fees, fees to read your MRI, etc.
706 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Phone: (800) 532-7667 ext.120
Fax: (856) 661-9797
Program website: http://www.msassociation.org/programs/mri/
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America / MRI Institute
The MSAA MRI Institute will work with eligible individuals, their doctor, imaging centers and insurers, to assist in acquiring the necessary MRI. The MSAA Institute funds Cranial MRI for the purpose of monitoring or assessing the progress of multiple sclerosis. For those with insurance but whose carrier is reluctant to pay for a physician-requested MRI, the MRI Institute will work to secure payment from the company. There is no income restriction for this service.