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Financial Assistance


Helps people living with multiple sclerosis maintain independent living and improve their quality of life by offering financial support for needed services that are not available using other resources, such as private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or other state/personal/community resources.

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Who is eligible?

In order to receive one or more of these services, an applicant must:

  • Have a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis 
  • Be a member of the National MS Society, Greater Illinois Chapter (membership is free for individuals with MS)
  • Be eligible for financial assistance under the Greater Illinois Chapter’s guidelines 
  • Utilize other resources, like Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance PRIOR to any assistance from the Society.
  • Provide proof of denial for service(s) requested 

Eligibility for financial assistance is reviewed case by case based on the application, which must demonstrate financial need. Documentation of income for all household members (W2 or Social Security Benefit letter) is required. Applicants must provide written detail of monthly expenses and be able to document those expenses.

Eligible Services

  • Counseling
  • Durable Medical Equipment
  • Home Care/Respite Care
  • Home Modifications
  • Incontinence Supplies
  • Transportation
  • Vehicle Modifications
  • Cooling Aides
  • Wellness Programs

Additional Information
The Greater Illinois Chapter will not reimburse for any services or goods obtained prior to submitting an application for financial assistance. Assistance is based on a sliding scale, and payment for services is made directly to the vendor.  The chapter will not pay for medications, diagnostic procedures, doctors’ office visits or any other expenses related directly to medical care.  

The Financial Assistance program is funded directly by private donations with services additionally provided through local and national collaborations.

For more information about Financial Assistance, call 1.800.344.4867.

Are you interested in learning more about personal money management?

Access Living offers a 12-part, weekly Financial Stability program to help people learn more about their financial matters. Topics include opening a checking account, understanding credit history, lowering your energy bills, and much more! For more information or to learn how to register, click here.

Are you interested in donating medical equipment?  Click here for a list of resources in your area.

Financial Support

Watch the video to hear from a recipient of our financial assistance.


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