Saving Lives by Increasing Access
to Transplant Care

What We Believe

We believe that a person’s financial status should not be a barrier to his or her ability to receive a lifesaving organ transplant.

We believe transplantation decisions should be based on health status — not insurance status.

We believe providing health insurance premium support increases access to organ transplantation and saves lives.

Our Mission

The mission of the Illinois Transplant Fund (ITF) is to give people access to lifesaving organ transplants and follow-up care to help them live long, healthy and productive lives.

We carry out our mission by providing financial assistance in the form of insurance premium support to qualified patients in need. Without this assistance, many people will not qualify to receive an organ transplant.

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How ITF Helps

Most transplant programs require proof of health insurance prior to adding a patient to the organ transplant waiting list. ITF provides financial support for eligible transplant patients who lack the resources to pay their insurance premiums, ensuring health insurance coverage and making it possible for these patients to be added to the organ transplant waiting list.

Currently, many of these patients are being supported by hospital charity care or expensive programs that do not pay for organ transplants. With ITF support, these patients may be able to get listed, opening the possibility of receiving the lifesaving organs they need.

How It Works

Patients: If you are a potential candidate for an organ transplant and you are not able to pay your health insurance premiums, review the ITF requirements to determine if you might be eligible for financial support. If you believe you are eligible for ITF support, contact your dialysis center or transplant program for more information on how to apply to ITF.

Dialysis Center Staff: If you are working with a patient who meets the requirements for support from ITF, discuss the program with the patient and then refer him or her to the transplant center for help with the application process.

Transplant Program Staff: If you are working with a patient who meets the requirements for support from ITF, discuss the program with the patient to confirm eligibility, then help the patient complete the application and submit it to ITF. Along with the application, patients must submit a letter from the transplant program attesting to the patient’s eligibility. Contact us for the application and eligibility documents.

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Key Eligibility Requirements

ITF reviews applications on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Assistance is subject to the availability of ITF funds.
To be eligible for ITF funding, applicants must meet the following requirements.

Center Approval

1) Applicants must have received a transplant on or after January 1, 2015; 2) be listed for transplant at a Medicare-approved transplant center in Illinois; or 3) be in the process of being evaluated for transplant at a Medicare-approved transplant center in Illinois

Residency

Applicants must have lived continuously in Illinois or Lake or Porter counties in Indiana for a minimum of 36 months (three years) before applying to ITF for funding.

Financial

Applicants must not be eligible for any other financial insurance subsidy or government insurance program. Applicants must have a household income of less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Threshold.

Stay Put

Premium assistance, if granted, will be terminated if the patient moves his or her primary residence outside of Illinois or Lake or Porter counties in Indiana.

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