Multiple sclerosis creates a range of challenges that can result in short-term financial crises, difficulty obtaining critical equipment and home or auto modifications, and diminished capacity to pay for MS-generated needs. The National MS Society’s Financial Assistance Program offers guidance, leverage and resources to help contain the financial impact of MS. The program was developed to bring meaningful financial assistance to people living with MS, with emphasis on helping people maintain their independence, safety, health and quality of life.
How does the financial assistance program work?
The nationwide program is comprised of a range of initiatives that address areas of special importance to the MS community and leverage knowledge and resources that can have a significant, lasting impact. This program is not intended to support ongoing services in a role similar to that of an insurer, or to cover credit card bills, insurance premiums or previously incurred expenses.
Who is eligible for the program?
Anyone with a confirmed diagnosis of MS (or related disorder*) who can demonstrate true financial need associated with the effects of the disorder is eligible for consideration. Resources are limited. The Society may not be able to fulfill all requests or cover all expenses related to a needed service or item. When we are not able to fund specific needs through our own program resources, we can provide information and resources to help identify alternative solutions.
What types of requests are covered through the program?
The Society may be able to help with the following:
Respite services such as short term home care
Durable medical equipment and air conditioners
Accessibility modifications to homes or automobiles such as ramps and hand controls
Transportation to medical appointments
Critical short term needs such as emergency help with utilities or rent
Health and wellness support
Since resources vary by community, eligible items and services available in a given area may differ.
To speak with an MS Navigator®, who can review available resources with you and provide an application, please contact the Society at 1-800-344-4867.
*Clinically isolated syndrome, e.g. optic neuritis; Diffuse cerebral sclerosis (including Schilder’s Disease); Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (post-infectious Encephalomyelitis or ADEM); Balo’s disease; Neuromyelitis optica (Devic’s disease or Devic’s syndrome); Transverse myelitis.