MatchingDonors.com Airline Contact Numbers For Testing and Surgery
You should contact the following in the order below. If one organization cannot help you call the next one on the list. Some also offer free companion fares.
Some insurance companies may pay for the airfare, hotel, taxi, food for your entire trip. Call your insurance company and find out if this benefit exists. Your doctor might have to refer you to a special group within the insurance company that handles out-of-state medical care. Do your research. Ask many questions. Work with more than one person - sometimes a contact just won't know the information and will make an assumption. If you find out that any of these programs have changed please contact us so we may update our list.
1. ASTS and University of Michigan Receive HRSA Grant
The American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) and the University of Michigan (UM) are pleased to announce the receipt of a major grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The 4-year grant will provide reimbursement of travel expenses and subsistence costs for living organ donors, removing an important financial disincentive to living organ donation.
As part of the ASTS Mission to “increase organ donation”, the UM-ASTS project team will work closely with HRSA to develop an efficient nationwide system to identify potential live organ donors who face financial hardship in meeting travel and subsistence expenses associated with the process of evaluation and undergoing live organ donation procedures.
The project scientists will critically evaluate the specific impact of the reimbursement program on facilitating live organ donations that would not have otherwise been possible. According to Project Director Akinlolu Ojo, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine at the University of Michigan, “The costs of travel, lodging, and other expenses incurred by individuals who wish to be evaluated as potential organ donors may be prohibitive. For these people, who may otherwise be very suitable donors for their loved ones, reimbursement of these out-of-pocket expenses may make the critical difference and allow them to proceed.”
Under provisions of the grant, a National Living Donor Assistance Center will be established at the ASTS National Office, and the vast majority of the $8 million grant will be used for direct reimbursements to potential and actual living donors.
The center tells us that they are happy to answer questions, but recipients should know the transplant center files the applications on behalf of the donors and it takes several weeks (they recommend 6-8 weeks) to process, review and fund an application.
They ask that recipients and donors get the following information:
4. Delta Sky Wish Program
needs 30 day notice
5. ANGEL FLIGHTS
Alternate number: 888-426-2643 , 1-800-352-4256, private pilots fly families in 4 seater airplanes -- they donate their services and might even have transportation for you from the airport to the hotel and pick you up for the flight back as well. Each pilot donates 300 miles - so you may be switching airplanes many times. We have heard very wonderful things about this group.
6. MIRACLE FLIGHTS
Not just for kids anymore. (702) 261-0494 or (800) 359-1711. Their fax # is (702) 261-0494. They require 16 days advanced notice of flight requirements. www.miracleflights.org. Great organization getting airfaire for our patients and donors.
8. MERCY MEDICAL AIRLIFT
1-800-296-1217, P.O. Box 1940, Manassas, VA 22110. Provides info to referrals for families and patients who need to fly to distant locations for specialized treatment or recovery and after illness or accident.
9. WINGS OF FREEDOM
407 363-1991, finds least expensive flights for medical patients
10. AIR LIFE LINE
1-800-289-5433 non -emergency travel assistance and pays for treatment for the patient. Takes about six weeks for arrangements to be made.