Healthcare Grants Available Through the Ithaca
It is our mission to facilitate access to health care for all with a focus
on the needs of the uninsured. The Ithaca Health Fund program
provides funds through discretionary grants available to patients with demonstrated financial
need who present at Ithaca Free Clinic.
Ithaca Health Fund (IHF) grant categories are evaluated annually by the
Finance Committee of the Board; they are maintained and expanded depending on
to the program. Charitable community contributions are the Fund's sole source of support.
The Health Fund offers grants that provide direct assistance in two categories of health care:
Treatment Grants and Diagnostic Grants.
An individual applicant may receive assistance from
more than one Treatment Grant category, up to a maxiumum of $2,000 in one year. Grants are
available for uninsured emergency expenses incurred within these grant categories, each of
which has a maximum grant amount.
||Maximum Grant per beneficiary per year
|Broken Bones (BB)
||Fractures and breaks only
|Emergency Stitches (ES)
||Accidental lacerations or punctures only
|Dental Root Canal (RC)
|Dental Extraction of Natural Tooth (DE)
||Maximum grant $150 for 2 or more teeth
|Traditional Chinese Medicine: Herbal Remedies(CC)
||For serious, chronic, internal medical disorders
|Rabies Postexposure Inoculation Series
||When not covered by public agency
IHF Treatment Grant payments in these categories are made only for charges incurred
by income-qualified individuals who are residents of Tompkins, Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland,
Schuyler, and Tioga Counties in New York State. You can call the Health Alliance office if
you wonder if your income may qualify.
Anyone seeking an Ithaca Health Fund Treatment Grant must complete a grant application,
including an outstanding bill for a service that matches one of the categories above; a
statement of medical necessity, preferably from an Ithaca Free Clinic healthcare provider;
proof of income; proof of assistance or payment from other sources; and a declaration of
assets valued more than $2,000. Treatment grants are paid to the healthcare provider only,
except in specific circumstances of dental care for offices that only accept up-front payments.
The Ithaca Health Alliance values transparency and accessibility in all of its programs.
Alliance staff will help with IHF applications and related paperwork, and will assist with
financial assistance applications to healthcare providers (like hospitals and pharmaceutical
companies), and all information about the program is available to applicants. Please
contact the Ithaca Health Alliance for information about Treatment
Grants or to make an appointment with one of our financial advocates about outstanding bills
or medications you cannot afford. You can also
download a copy of the Treatment Grant application.
Ithaca Health Fund Diagnostic Grants pay for diagnostic blood work or imaging tests ordered
at Ithaca Free Clinic, by an IFC provider for an IFC patient. Diagnostic Grants are available
only when pre-approved by Ithaca Health Alliance staff. Through these grants, the
Health Alliance seeks to ensure that people who have no insurance and cannot afford these
tests are able to receive them and assist IFC volunteer practitioners as they provide a
high standard of care.
Ithaca Health Alliance
P.O. Box 362
Ithaca, NY 14850