According to the Epilepsy Foundation, today close to 3 million U.S. residents suffer from some form of epilepsy. And if that wasn’t staggering news enough, they also report that there are approximately 200,000 new cases of epilepsy and seizure disorder diagnosed in this country each year.
The growing number of those suffering with these conditions coupled with the fact that many American’s are enduring financial hardships makes any public assistance program that can help people with their medical expenses invaluable.
The Epilepsy Foundation recognized the need for financial assistance early on and as such in 1996 the organization created the “J. Kiffin Penry Travel Assistance Program” which is still in operation today.
The “J. Kiffin Penry Travel Assistance Program” is designed to provide grants to eligible seizure and epilepsy sufferers with a maximum 2 year payout of $1,000.00. If found eligible, the grant recipient can use the grant money to pay for travel expenses such as lodging, mileage, air fare, bus fare, taxi fare and tolls.
The program has a list of guidelines and eligibility requirements that must be met in order for one to apply for and be awarded a “J. Kiffin Penry Travel Assistance Program” grant. All rules, eligibility requirements as well as a downloadable grant application can be found on the Epilepsy Foundation’s website.
Some basic”J. Kiffin Penry Travel Assistance Program” grant requirements are listed below.
First, the “J. Kiffin Penry Travel Assistance” applicant must demonstrate both financial and medical need by providing a variety of documents such as income tax filings, medical bills, insurance denial letter, doctor’s orders and original receipts for the travel expenses.
Second, the “J. Kiffin Penry Travel Assistance” applicant must be traveling 50 miles or more to get the doctor ordered, FDA approved medical care and have no other approved and ordered alternatives to such care closer to home.
Third, the “J. Kiffin Penry Travel Assistant” must download or request an application by calling 1-800-470-1655 Ext. 3732. The application must be filled in completely and correctly as well as have all of the documentation needed for the organization’s program administers to give the request proper consideration attached to it.
Fourth, once the “J.Kiffin Penry Travel Assistance” application is ready it will need to be mailed to the applicant’s local Epilepsy Foundation Affiliate office. If there is no affiliate office in the applicant’s immediate area, that applicant can submit the application directly to the attention of Mary Ann Thorton at the organization’s National office.
In addition to the “J. Kiffin Penry Travel Assistance Program” the Epilepsy Foundation has several other community outreach resources listed on their website for such things as financial assistance programs to cover medicines used to treat the disease.
Those interested in finding out more about such resources should either log onto the foundation’s website or talk with their medical social worker or family physician.