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SSI/SSDI and Disability Resources

Social Security
Other specific links regarding Social Security:
Disability Benefits
Supplemental Security Income
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American Cancer Society: 1-800-227-2345
Offers numerous resources, including printed materials, counseling for patients and their families and information on lodging for people who may require treatment far from home. Contcat your local chapter to find out about resources that may be available in your community. Local ACS office may offer reimbursement for expenses related to cancer treatment including transportation, medicine and medical supplies. Financial assistance is available in some areas.

How to Choose Credit Counseling Agency
The Better Business Bureau® offers guidance on selecting a credit counseling agency.

Hardin Benefits Group, Inc.: 1-800-248-6188
The Hardin Benefits Group is not an insurance company itself, but rather a consulting firm and agency specializing in helping clients whose medical conditions have made it difficult for them to find a life insurer. Call for a free ten-minute consultation.

HeatShare: 1-800-842-7279
Administered by the Salvation Army, HeatShare provides emergency energy assistance on a year-round basis. Funds are used for natural gas, oil, propane, wood, electricity and emergency furnace repairs.

Hill-Burton Program: 1-800-638-0742
A program run by the U.S. Government that can arrange for certain medical facilities or hospitals to provide free or low-cost care. Low income/uninsured persons should inquire about the possibility of free services before entering the hospital, as many have fulfilled or are very close to fulfilling their requirements.

Managed RX: 1-800-799-8765
Accepts most major medical insurance as full payments for medications. If your prescription benefit pays a minimum of 70%, Managed RX will accept that as full pay and waive your co-pay. Medications are shipped for free. Call for application.

Medical Information Resources: 1-888-203-6062
Provides tips and resources for medical fundraising.

Medicare: 1-800-Medicare or 1-800-633-4227
Federal health insurance program for those who receive Social Security Benefits. Eligible individuals include those who are 65 and/or individuals deemed disabled and have received Social Security payments for 24 months. To receive information on eligibility, explanation of coverage and to enroll, call the Social Security Administration.

National Association for the Terminally Ill: 1-888-847-0390
Assists individuals with terminal diseases with financial aid.

National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, Inc.: 1-800-542-9730
Provides information on free or low-cost temporary lodging to families or patients who are undergoing treatment away from home.

Needy Meds:
Informational website that has up-to-date contact and instructions about various pharmaceutical manufacturers' drug assistance programs.

Patient Advocate Foundation's Patient Assistance Program: 1-866-512-3861
The PAF Patient Assistance Program provides financial assistance to patients who meet certain qualifications to help them pay for the prescriptions and/or treatments they need. This assistance lets patients who have chronic, life-threatening and/or dibilitating diseases afford the out-of-pocket costs for these items that their insurance companies require. 1-800-296-1217
Provides information about all forms of charitable, long distance medical transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help to patients who cannot afford travel for medical care.

Salvation Army National Headquarters: 1-800-378-7272
Provides assistance on a case-by-case basis.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: 1-877-696-6775
United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The office of the Inspector General U> S. Government Hotline is for individuals to call for complaints regarding Medicare or Medicaid, as well as providing assistance with entitlements, benefits, insurance and resources.

Utility Assistance (LIHEAP): 1-202-783-5594
Assist eligible low-income households in meeting the heating or cooling portion of their residential energy needs. LIHEAP dollars are distributed by local community action agencies, usually at the county level. The Salvation Army processes applications in many states. To find the number of your community action agency, call your state's energy assistance director.

Veterans' Administration: 1-877-222-VETS
Provides a broad spectrum of medical, surgical and rehabilitative care to its qualified veterans and their dependents. Treatment for service is based on the veteran's financial need.

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