Financial Assistance Program

The Central Ohio Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation has provided financial assistance to families affected by a bleeding or clotting disorder when funds are available.  The intent of this program is to assist families who have additional financial strains due to the bleeding or clotting disorder.  Because our funds are limited, and families’ needs are increasing, it is necessary to have a system of guidelines in place.  The chapter realizes that most families with bleeding disorders have financial burdens.  However, the purpose of the program is to help people with one-time only, extraordinary expenses.  Unfortunately, the chapter does not have the resources to help with usual and customary living and medical expenses.  We regret that not all families may receive assistance. 

 

Families affected by a bleeding or clotting disorder may seek financial assistance from the chapter after all other community resources are exhausted.  This is a fund of last resort.  Eligible families are those living within the chapter’s service area or who are seen at the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Treatment Centers located at The Ohio State University Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  Families must also be members of the Central Ohio Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation (membership is free).  This fund is to offer assistance in situations that are caused by the diagnosis or which are more severe due to the diagnosis. Definition of “families” is the immediate family living with the person with the bleeding or clotting disorder. 

 

Types of Expenses Covered (by priority level)

 

1st Priority:

-         Medical bills related to the diagnosis or treatment of a bleeding or clotting disorder

-         Dental bills

-         Medication used to treat a bleeding or clotting disorder

-         Medic Alert ID tags

 

2nd Priority:

-         Transportation to appointments at an accredited Hemophilia Treatment Center.                         

-         Psychosocial treatments

 

3rd Priority:

-         Housing (rent, electric, mortgage, etc)             

-         Other items to be addressed at the discretion of the Board of Directors

 

Transportation to and from Hemophilia Treatment Centers and Medic Alert ID tags do not count toward the annual maximum. Requests that fall into the 2nd or 3rd priority level will only be granted if funds are available after all requests in the 1st priority level have been honored.