Because many patients cannot afford to pay for the full cost of organ transplant surgery, or even a small insurance deductible amount, using their personal funds, it is common for patients explore other options to help them fund their procedure.
The following organizations may provide financial assistance to transplant candidates or recipients and their families. This is a sample listing and should not be interpreted as a comprehensive list or an endorsement. Ask your transplant financial team, insurance provider or employee benefits officer for the latest information or help.
Air Charity Network
Transports ambulatory patients up to a distance of 500 to 700 miles using private pilots and their aircraft. Can transport people for transplant and follow-up appointments. Medical and financial need must be documented. Service is free of charge.
Air Care Alliance
2060 State Highway 595
Lindrith, New Mexico 87029
Provides the only central listing of all known groups whose members perform free public benefit flights for patient transport and other missions of public service.
American Liver Foundation
39 Broadway, Suite 2700
New York, NY 10006
The American Liver Foundation’s mission is to facilitate, advocate, and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment, and cure of liver disease.
12345 E. Skelly Drive
Tulsa, OK 74128
Provides free air transportation on private aircraft for needy people with healthcare problems and for healthcare agencies, organ procurement organizations, blood banks and tissue banks. No fees of any kind. Volunteers serving the public since 1983.
COTA (Children’s Organ Transplant Association)
2501 West COTA Drive
Bloomington, IN 47403
Helps children and young adults who need a life-saving transplant (organ,bone marrow and cord blood) by providing fundraising assistance and family support. COTA does not charge for its services and does not take a percentage of funds raised.
Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF)
2201 Macy Drive
Roswell, GA 30076
Provides both financial and educational assistance during a time that is often overwhelming for those undergoing or waiting for a transplant throughout the entire state of Georgia.
Empowers families to create individual fundraising pages for their loved ones facing a medical crisis.
Health Insurance Marketplace
Stay up to date on health insurance regulation and policy information and learn more about your health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act.
Help Hope Live
Help Hope Live supports community-based fundraising for people with unmet medical expenses and related costs due to cell and organ transplants or catastrophic injuries and illnesses. These efforts play a critical role in helping clients access the care and equipment they need to heal, live, and thrive.
7500 Security Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21244-1850
For specific billing questions and questions about your claims, medical records, or expenses, log into MyMedicare.gov, or call us at 1-800-MEDICARE.
National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC)
2461 S. Clark Street, Suite 640
Arlington, VA 22202
This program provides financial assistance to those who want to donate an organ, priority is given to individuals not otherwise able to afford the travel and subsistence expenses associated with living organ donation.
National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
560 Sylvan Ave, Suite 2200
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
The National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) is a specialized bar association for attorneys and advocates who represent Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplement Security Income claimants throughout the adjudicative process.
National Foundation for Transplants
5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430
Memphis, TN 38119
NFT offers hope and help to transplant patients and their families by providing fundraising expertise, advocacy, promoting organ and tissue donation, and supporting innovative solutions for lifesaving treatment.
Patient Education and Advocacy
These organizations may be able to provide patient education and patient advocacy services.
American Society for Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics
TRIO Scholarship Program
Each year, TRIO’s Scholarship Program gives thousands of dollars in academic grants to transplant candidates, recipients, donors or their family members. These scholarships are generously funded by several TRIO chapters, individuals and interested organizations. Each recipient receives $1,000 toward their education at colleges and universities throughout the United States.
The Jessica Beth Schwartz Scholarship
Awards $2,500 scholarships yearly to transplant recipients under the age of 25 who are a senior in high school or enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college, university, or trade/technical school, offered to students residing in the Gift of Life Donor Program (OPO) service area (Eastern half of Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey or Delaware).
The David Nelson Jr Memorial Fund Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is offered to a donor family’s children living in the Gift of Life Donor Program region (Southern NJ, Delaware, and southeastern Pennsylvania) and is available for private/parochial high school in addition to college, university, trade school.
Isabelle Christenson Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship awards an individual or family member of someone directly impacted by organ donation, including transplant candidates, recipients and donor family members.
The Marcena Lozano Memorial Scholarship Fund
In memory of their daughter, Marcena, the Lozanos offer several $1,000-$3,000 undergraduate scholarships with preference to candidates in western New York state but awarded to students all across the country.
Legacy of Life Scholarship
The Washington Regional Transplant Center (WRTC) awards scholarships to high school seniors in their jurisdiction of Virginia (Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, and Fauquier counties and cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, and Manassas Park); Maryland (Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Charles counties). Endowed by the Leslie Ebert Memorial Fund.
Kidney & Urology Foundation of America (KUFA) Scholarship
The Kidney & Urology Foundation of America offers a scholarship and awards program for kidney and urology patients. One of only a few such initiatives in the country, the program is designed to stimulate education and allow individuals to live productively with renal and urologic disease.
The Betty Montoya Gift of Life Scholarship
This award honors former APS teacher and kidney transplant recipient Betty Montoya with two $1,000 scholarships and two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors from a New Mexico high school.
Georgia Transplant Foundation
The Georgia Transplant Foundation awards seven scholarships to residents of Georgia attending college.
Michael Corea Scholarship
This scholarship, offered by TRIO Greater Cleveland Chapter, is awarded to a deserving transplant candidate, recipient or living donor who a resident of Ohio.
Reference and Publication Information
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is committed to providing accurate and reliable information for transplant patients. The content on this page was originally created on July 10, 2003 by UNOS and last modified on July 16, 2012.
The following sources were used as references:
Transplant Recipient International Organization, retrieved July 17, 2012.