Financial Resources for Patients with Amputations
Amputations can cost tens of thousands of dollars in initial hospital costs, plus tens of thousands of dollars more for follow-up care. Add in the costs of wheelchairs, ramps, prosthetics, and other assistive equipment, and the total expense can easily reach hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you’re like most people, you don’t have this kind of money.
Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer financial hardship in order to get the means needed to maintain your independence. There are a number of organizations that provide financial assistance to amputees. We’ve compiled this list of some of the best available resources. We highly recommend that you contact these organizations to learn more about their specific programs and services, including eligibility criteria.
State and Federally Funded Sources
- Medicare – Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers prosthetic devices needed to replace a body part or function. Ask your physician or supplier to file a claim.
- Medicaid – Prosthetics and rehabilitative services are considered an Essential Health Benefit (EHB) under the Affordable Care Act.
- TRICARE – Active duty and retired uniformed service members and their families can get coverage for prosthetics, prosthetic devices, and prosthetic supplies through this federal healthcare program.
- Veterans Administration – The VA offers rehabilitation and prosthetic services to qualifying veterans with disabilities.
- Amputee Blade Runners – This organization’s goal is to help amputees keep an active lifestyle by providing running prosthesis free of charge.
- Challenged Athletes Foundation – The CAF provides athletes with physical challenges grant funding for coaching fees, competition expenses or equipment.
- Limbs for Life Foundation – This global nonprofit organization works to build a financial bridge between low-income amputees and the quality prosthetic care needed to restore their lives.
- National Amputation Foundation – Started by a group of amputee veterans, the National Amputation Foundation donates wheelchairs, walkers, and other medical equipment to any person in need through their Give-A-Way Program.
Services for Children
- Administration for Children and Families – A division of the Department of Health & Human Services, the ACF offers grants for prosthetic devices or Durable Medical Equipment (DME) from time to time. Check their Funding Opportunity Announcements page often to see if a grant is available.
- Shriners Hospital – Shriners Hospital for Children provides free orthopedic care to children under the age of 18.
- Blue Cross Blue Shield – Some BCBS companies provide free or low-cost coverage to children who are not insurable through Medicaid or private insurance.
You Can Also Take Legal Action
If you or a loved one has suffered an amputation injury due to the negligence of another party, you can pursue compensation for the costs of medical treatment, assistive equipment, and other needs by filing a claim or lawsuit. To ensure that you receive the full and fair compensation you are entitled to, consult with the experienced amputation attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm. We can give you a full understanding of your rights and best legal options in a FREE consultation. Just give us a call at (800) 522-7274.