Can I Get Help Paying For My Prosthesis?
- What if I can’t afford my prosthesis?
Often, medical insurance will cover a substantial part or even all of the cost of a prosthetic device. However, if you do not have private insurance, are not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid, or don’t have secondary insurance to cover a large copay requirement, you may be financially responsible for a significant portion or all of the cost of your device.
- What other funding sources are available to me?
Below is a list of government agencies and non-profit organizations that may provide funding for prosthetic devices. Feel free to speak with your prosthetist about which options may best fit your specific needs.
Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR)
BVR is a government agency that provides assistance for persons needing assistive devices (including prosthetic devices) to return to work or gain more independence at work. If you are currently working or seeking to return to work after receiving your prosthesis, BVR may be able to help with funding.
1435 Cincinnati St. Ste 200
Dayton, OH 45417
Limbs For Life Foundation
The Limbs for Life Foundation is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to providing fully functional prosthetic care for individuals who cannot otherwise afford it and raising awareness of the challenges facing amputees. On average each year Limbs for Life assists 175 patients in the United States and approximately 300 overseas.
9604 N. May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Challenged Athletes Foundation
Access for Athletes through CAF steps in where rehabilitation and health insurance end by providing funding grants for equipment such as sports wheelchairs, handcycles, mono skis and sports prosthetics, and resources for training and competition expenses directly to physically challenged individuals
9591 Waples Street
San Diego, CA 92121
The Jordan Thomas Foundation
The Jordan Thomas Foundation provides children affected by limb loss with the prostheses they need throughout childhood and adolescence and serves as a caring resource, advocate and support system for these children and their families.
P.O. Box 22764
Chattanooga, TN 37422
Catholic Charities works to support families, reduce poverty, and build communities. Sometimes they are able to provide assistance for medical expenses. Contact your local Catholic Charities office to see if they may help with funding for your prosthetic device.
7162 Reading Rd, Suite 600
Cincinnati, OH 45237
Wiggle Your Toes Foundation
Wiggle Your Toes is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to helping Amputees and their families regain independence and mobility through consultation, referrals, and planning. They also help raise funding for persons needing assistance paying for prosthetic devices.
PO Box 385141
Bloomington, MN 55438
Gorman Hewitt Ayars Fund
The Gorman Hewitt Ayars Fund assists residents of the Greater Dayton area with Cerebral Palsy or orthopedic disorders to obtain the maximum level of independence. Funds may be used for acquisition of appliances, support aids.
4710 Old Troy Pike
Dayton, OH 45424