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Travel Assistance Programs for Patients with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH)

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Travel Assistance Programs

CARES Foundation provides travel grants covering up to 50 percent of out-of-pocket travel and lodging costs to families with financial need to attend one of our conferences or to see a medical specialist. Please contact the CARES Office toll free at (866) 227-3737 or (908) 364-0272 for eligibilty information on our Travel Assistance Program.

Additionally there are numerous assistance options for families with financial need for both air travel and accommodation:

Air Transportation Options for Patients

Mercy Medical Airlift (MMA), a non-profit organization with 25 years of medical air transportation experience, manages programs and services available to patients with both common and rare diseases.  Several of the resources are mentioned in this in this article.  All are free services to patients.  www.mercymedical.org

For patients who need medical care en route, call Air Compassion America (ACAM) 1-866-270-9198.  ACAM representatives locate and coordinate bed-to-bed air ambulance services with the overall goal of lowering costs.  In the past year, ACAM has negotiated discounts with air ambulance companies and saved patients and their families between 30-40 percent.  www.aircompassionamerica.org

For patients who live within 1000 miles of their destination, Angel Flight’s volunteer pilots fly children and adult patients to distant research and treatment centers throughout the United States.  Pilots donate their time and the use of their planes in offering patients this free service for those who qualify.  Angel Flight is a member of Air Charity Network (formerly Angel Flight America).  CAN represents volunteer pilot associations across the country.  www.aircharitynetwork.org

The National Patient Travel Center exists to facilitate patient access to appropriate charitable medical air transportation resources in the United States. The NPTC also exists to develop, administer and consolidate airline patient ticket programs and to operate various Special-Lift and Child-Lift programs on behalf of special disease organizations and/or clinical research centers in the United States. http://www.patienttravel.org/

The Northwest Airlines KidCares medical travel program provides air travel to children age 18 and younger who are unable to receive treatment in their home area. The KidCares program is fueled by generous mileage donations of Northwest's WorldPerks members, which are then matched by Northwest. Availability of the program is based on that donated WorldPerks mileage, and consideration of each request is based on the following guidelines.  Each application received must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis; not all requests are fulfilled. http://www.nwa.com/corpinfo/aircares/about/kidcares.shtml

Based on availability, Midwest Airlines is able to provide complimentary transportation to patients and a companion when medical treatment is only available outside of their hometown through their Miracle Miles Program. For more information, contact B.J. Dreifke at (414) 570-4118 or brenda.dreifke@midwestairlines.com. More information on Midwest Airlines can be found at www.midwestairlines.com

Lodging Options for Patients

The National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses provides a directory of lodgings for families of hospital patients and/or hospital outpatients. (800) 542-9730 http://www.nahhh.org/

Ronald McDonald House offers very-low-cost lodging to families, but must be booked through the hospital or through CARES Foundation at least 6 months in advance. http://www.rmdh.org/