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  1. TwoCatDoctors

    TwoCatDoctors New Member

    The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) (For
    the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889)

    National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) (For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, TTY: Please use your local relay service number)

    Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233) (For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, TTY: 1-800-787-SAFE) (1-800-787-7233)

    National Dating Abuse Hotline (teen) 1-866-331-9474; (For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing,TTY 1-866-331-8453);

    National Runaway Switchboard 1-800-RUN-AWAY (1-800-726-2929) (For the Deaf and
    Hard of Hearing, TTY: 1-800-621-0394)

    National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-THE-LOST
    (1-800-843-5678) (For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, TTY: 1-800-826-7653
    [message] or use your local relay service number)

    United Way site 211 for information & referral services:

    Directory of Independent Living Centers: These are not residentual centers, but centers for the disabled to provide information, some referrals, living skills training, some have peer counseling, and other helpful things.

    Below is a site for veteran's or the family of a deceased veteran to obtain their military service records and military medical records. It may be of help to someone here.

    Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization




    Go to the Health Care Survival Guide site below, and at the Geographical Coverage, click on the red "V" and select your state. It will bring up various resources for medical, financial and other that may be of help to you.


    A good place to find out if you are eligible for various state/government assistance is If you don't qualify this year, keep trying perhaps in March of every year. As the living costs keep rising, the amount to qualify should be decreasing so you may find you don't qualify this year, but could qualify next year.


    Area Agency on Aging is a little known agency that helps Seniors BUT ALSO HELPS THE DISABLED. Depending on funds and your situation, they may be able to help with respite care, family caregiver support, and in-home services. Call your local Area Agency on Aging and ask to be connected to a social worker who can advise you on services available.

    The Area Agency on Aging is part of a national network of organizations established to respond to the needs of older adults. As a private non-profit corporation, the Area Agency on Aging plans, coordinates, develops and delivers services for seniors (60 years and older), persons of any age who are HIV positive, adults (18-59 years) WITH DISABILITIES and long-term care needs, and family caregivers of older adults.


    To find your local NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and seek mental health support groups, and possible free/low cost mental health care, check out the safe site below:


    Below are TWO SITES for free medical clinics. Go on each link and then click on your state, then scroll down to find a location near you.

    -- Find out if you have to make an appointment or if you have to just show up and wait in line.


    If you are sick, injured or in pain, go to a public hospital and they are not permitted to turn you away.

    Some churches will help you, even if you do not attend church there.


    Here are some sites where you can apply for free/low cost prescriptions but it takes a while to get them and you have to have paperwork filled out and your doctor (the clinic) would have to sign the paperwork too.

    PPA/Partnership for Prescription Assistance - Brings together America’s pharmaceutical companies, doctors, patient advocacy organizations and civic groups to help low-income, uninsured patients get free or nearly free brand-name medicines. - Organization which helps patients learn about patient assistance programs. THEY CAN NOT ANSWER CALLS CONCERNING INDIVIDUAL REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE, they can provide information only. They are not a provider.

    RX Assist - Searchable database by company, brand name, generic name and drug class which includes eligibility and application instructions.

    RX Hope - The only patient assistance Internet initiative financially supported by PhRMA (Pharmaceutical and Research Manufacturers of America) and participating pharmaceutical companies.

    RX Outreach

    Benefits Check Up - Provides individuals 55 and over with a confidential personalized report of public and private programs that can help save money on prescription drugs.

    Canada - Need some cost breaks on your scrips? Try out-of-country.

    RX 4US - By negotiating on your behalf with a network of licensed Canadian pharmacies they bring you good prices and reliable Canadian drug service.

    Costco Pharmacy Online - Online pharmacy to purchase drugs, vitamins and get health info.

    Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs - Reports and information to guide consumers and doctors in making more cost effective prescription drug choices.

    Consumer Reports Drug Reports - Combines an expert review of the scientific evidence on prescription drugs with their prices. Compare and contrast prescription drugs by category - that is, drugs in the same class that are used to treat a specific condition or illness such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, allergies, coronary artery disease, heartburn or depression. The reports can be easily and quickly downloaded as attractive PDFs to print out and discuss with your doctor.

    Disability Prescription Drug Resources -

    Indigent Prescription Programs -

    AAA Prescription Savings Program - Free with AAA membership. Save average of 20% on prescriptions. No deductables or co-pays. Simply present your AAA Prescription Savings card at a participating pharmacy for the discount.

    PPA/Partnership for Prescription Assistance - The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free. To access the Partnership for Prescription Assistance by phone, you can call toll-free at 1-888-477-2669.

    FDA – Buying Medicines And Medical Products Online -

    FDA – Consumer Education - What You Should Know About Buying and Using Drug Products -

    FDA – Saving Money On Prescription Drugs - - Sponsored by a non-profit organization to help all Americans cut their prescription drug costs. Simply download your FREE Prescription Drug Card and receive savings of up to 75% at more than 50,000 national and regional pharmacies. This Prescription Card is not Insurance, is pre-activated and can be used immediately.

    Free Medicine Program - Helps patients in obtaining prescription drugs and medications absolutely free of charge.

    Helping Patients - Interactive website designed to help providers/patients find patient assistance programs

    Medicare Prescription Drug Info Search - Allows you to search for programs (both private and government) based on where you live

    Guide to Choosing a Medicare Approved Drug Discount Card -

    Medication Foundation - Information clearinghouse for low cost and no cost prescription drug programs.

    Medicine for Free - NOTE: This site charges a $9.99 subscription fee

    Medicine Express - Designed to help senior citizens or anyone who does not have any prescription coverage and are having trouble financially obtaining the medicines they need.

    State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs - - Organization which helps patients learn about patient assistance programs. THEY CAN NOT ANSWER CALLS CONCERNING INDIVIDUAL REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE, they can provide information only. They are not a provider.

    Pfizer Sharecard - Pfizer Sharecard is especially beneficial for Medicare recipients and provides Pfizer Pharmaceuticals at a greatly reduced rate. Take the qualification test to see if you can benefit. - Compare prescription drug prices for more than 1,000 medications.

    PHRMA/Pharmaceutical Research and Mfgs. of America - Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a detailed listing of programs and contacts. - Info on state and federal funded prescription programs

    RX Assist - Searchable database by company, brand name, generic name and drug class which includes eligibility and application instructions.

    RX Hope - The only patient assistance Internet initiative financially supported by PhRMA (Pharmaceutical and Research Manufacturers of America) and participating pharmaceutical companies.

    America’s Guide to Save – Buying Prescription Drugs Online -

    ScriptSave - The ScriptSave card offers prescription drug savings for the entire household, as well as free access to health and wellness information.

    Medicine - An organization which assists patients, with help from the physicians, to enroll in patient assistance programs.

    Together RX Access Card - A free prescription-savings card for eligible residents of the United States and Puerto Rico who have no prescription drug coverage.

    Medical Discounts International Inc -


    DO YOU NEED COPIES OF BIRTH, DEATH, MARRIAGE, DIVORCE RECORDS? You can obtain them by going to this site:



    American Academy of Neurology Foundation

    AAN Website (For doctors, patients, and caregivers)

    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

    Well Spouse Association 1-800-838-0879


    Alzheimer's Association 1-800-272-3900

    Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center 1-800-438-4380

    Alzheimer's Foundation of America 1-866-232-8484

    Association for Frontotemporal Dementias 1-866-507-7222


    Autism Society of America 1-800-3AUTISM (1-800-328-8476)

    Autism Speaks, Inc. 212-252-8584

    Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership 1-888-474-7277


    American Brain Tumor Association 1-800-886-2282

    National Brain Tumor Society 1-800-934-2873


    United Cerebral Palsy 1-800-872-5827


    Dystonia Foundation 1-800-377-DYST (1-800-377-3978)

    Spasmodic Torticollis 1-888-445-4588


    Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) 312-255-1801

    Epilepsy Foundation 1-800-332-1000


    Hereditary Disease Foundation 212-928-2121

    Huntington's Disease Society of America 1-800-345-HDSA (1-800-345-4372)


    Hydrocephalus Association; 1-888-598-3789

    National Hydrocephalus Foundation 1-888-857-3434


    Migraine Research Foundation: list of headache centers for both adults and children.

    American Headache Society Committee for Headache Education (ACHE) 856-423-0043

    American Pain Foundation 888-615-PAIN (7246)

    National Headache Foundation 312-274-2650 or 888-NHF-5552 (643–5552) (click on “migraine” and “headache” on the list of conditions.)

    For more on Migraine:

    -- Migraine and Other Headaches, by William B. Young, M.D., and Stephen D. Silberstein, M.D (ISBN: 978-1-932603-14-9; published 2006; 256 pages; $19.95), from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and published by Demos Health, can be ordered at or purchased from Barnes & Noble, Borders, Amazon, or your local independent bookseller.

    -- “Migraine frequency and risk of cardiovascular disease in women,” by Eve Klein, M.D. and David Spencer, M.D. This “Patient Page” of the AAN's journal Neurology, originally published in August 2009, is available at


    MSFriends 1-877-MSFRIENDS


    Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 1-800-532-7667

    Multiple Sclerosis Foundation 1-800-225-6495

    National Multiple Sclerosis Society 1-800-FIGHT-MS (1-800-344-4867)


    Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America 1-800-541-5454


    ALS Association 1-800-782-4747

    Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association 610-499-92641-800-606-CMTA (2682)

    Kennedy's Disease Association 559-658-5950

    Moebius Syndrome Foundation 1-660-834-3406

    Muscular Dystrophy Association 1-800-FIGHT-MD (1-800-344-4863)

    Neuropathy Association; 212-692-0662

    Spastic Paraplegia Foundation, Inc.; 1-877-773-4483

    American Pain Foundation 1-888-615-PAIN (1-888-615-7246)


    American Parkinson Disease Association 1-800-223-2732

    International Essential Tremor Foundation 1-888-387-3667

    Lewy Body Dementia Association

    Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research; 1-800-708-7644

    National Ataxia Foundation 763-553-0020

    National Parkinson Foundation 1-800-327-4545

    Parkinson's Disease Foundation 1-800-457-6676

    Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy 1-800-457-4777


    National Sleep Foundation 202-347-3471


    National Aphasia Association 212-267-2814 or 800-922-4NAA (4622)

    American Stroke Association: A Division of American Heart Association 1-888-4STROKE (478-7653)

    Brain Aneurysm Foundation 781-826-5556 or 888-BRAIN02 (272-4602)

    Brain Attack Coalition 301-496-5751

    National Stroke Association 303-649-9299 or 800-STROKES (787-6537)

    Children's Hemiplegia and Stroke Assoc. (CHASA) 817-492-4325

    Hazel K. Goddess Fund for Stroke Research in Women 212-713-6789

    Web Sites, Books and Articles about Stroke:

    -- (click on “stroke” on the list of conditions)

    -- Stroke, by Louis R. Caplan, M.D. (ISBN: 978–1932603149; 2005; 256 pages; $19.95). Available at and other online and retail booksellers.


    Tourette Syndrome Association 718-224-2999


    Brain Injury Association of America 1-800-444-6443


    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), NIH, HHS
    Phone: (301) 495-4484; Toll-Free: (877) 226-4267
    Internet Address:

    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH, HHS
    Phone: (866) 284-4107
    Internet Address:

    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), NIH, HHS
    Phone: (800) 352-9424
    Internet Address:

    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH, HHS
    Phone: (301) 496-3583
    Internet Address:

    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), NIH, HHS
    Phone: (301) 592-8573
    Internet Address:

    American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), Inc.
    Phone: (586) 776-3900; (800) 598-4668 (for literature requests)
    Internet Address:

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  2. SnooZQ

    SnooZQ New Member

    I hope many people see & use programs & ideas on this super list.

    I'm removing my request thread.

    Good details, TwoCatDoctors!
  3. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    A great resource. Maybe it should be a sticky. I used one of these programs several years ago and it saved me a lot of money.


  4. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    Yeaaaaaa. This is great information.

  5. happydancer

    happydancer New Member

    This is an excellent list of resources.
  6. 9teen8t9

    9teen8t9 New Member

    where did the depression message board go??? I miss reading your posts.

  7. bookitty123

    bookitty123 New Member

    Thank You for all the info!