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    hackwriter posted:
    The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) has a program that helps pay for one brain MRI every two years for MS patients who are either uninsured, have insurance that refuses to cover an MRI, or are having trouble covering the co-pay. This program does not cover MRIs done for diagnostic purposes, you must already have an MS diagnosis to qualify.
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    kappalen responded:
    I have had ms for 10 years,but my family dedutable is $5,00.00 per year which I cant not afford to get a MRI which I cannot afford. Can you help me get one my doctor would lik me to have one.
     
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    hackwriter replied to kappalen's response:
    The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) has a program that helps pay for one brain MRI every two years for MS patients who are either uninsured, have insurance that refuses to cover an MRI, or are having trouble covering the co-pay. This program does not cover MRIs done for diagnostic purposes, you must already have an MS diagnosis to qualify.

    So, kappalen, you need to contact this organization for assistance.

    Kim
     
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    xmichaelx replied to hackwriter's response:
    I had found this resource last year. However, like you said, they only allow for those allready diagnosed with MS.
    Do you by chance know of a place that performs these for diagnostic purposes?

    Thank you,

    Michael
     
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    hackwriter replied to xmichaelx's response:
    Michael,

    If you are uninsured or are insured and have high deductibles and/or co-insurances, you can call the hospital that performs the scans and ask about their patient assistance program. At the very least, they will set you up with a monthly payment plan you can afford. At the most, you can apply for assistance, and if you are low income, you might qualify for a full subsidy and pay nothing.

    I'm on Medicare and my co-insurance for just one MRI is $300. I started out paying $50/month, then applied for patient assistance and was refunded what I paid and had the balance forgiven.

    It's worth a phone call to your hospital's Patient Financial Services representive.

    Kim
     
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    Steveinva responded:
    The MSAA does not have any available funding to help on co-pay assistance for MRI's.
     
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    Stephanie Butler, RN replied to Steveinva's response:
    I just saw that the MRI copay assistance program from the MSAA has been discontinued due to lack of funding, but I'm hoping they will be able to bring it back soon. It's one of the programs that they are most known for, so I would expect that getting it back up and running is a priority...fingers crossed...


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