Treatment Assistance Program
The Treatment Assistance Program provides financial assistance to individuals affected by an ectodermal dysplasia syndrome for medical or dental care necessitated by the condition. We do not pay for everyday necessities such as electric bills, central air-conditioning, diapers, and routine tooth cleaning.
For 2013, the NFED has minimal funding. Funding will only be provided for dentures for young children.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
Any individual who has a diagnosis of an ectodermal dysplasia syndrome is eligible to apply. The program does not reimburse any patient for care already received. Individuals receiving funding for dental care or wigs can reapply to the Treatment Assistance Program after 18 months have passed. Individuals denied funding are eligible to reapply for funds during the next evaluation period.
How Much Funding is Available?
Each year, the Board of Directors determines the budget of the Treatment Assistance Program based on available funds. Because of the increasing number of applicants, a rapid escalation of the cost of oral health care and a limit to the amount of funds available, the NFED will make awards in such a way as to enable the provision of care to as many individuals as is possible. While awards may not equal the cost of a particular request, every effort will be made to fund care that will resolve the situation in the most economical way. In all cases, families are asked to contribute something to the cost of care be it a wig, an air-conditioner or dental care as family income allows.
Maximum Awards from the Treatment Assistance Fund
Wigs - $2,500
Air Conditioners - $600
Dentures - $4,000
The Application Review Process
The Treatment Assistance Program Committee evaluates applications based on the following:
extenuating circumstances and
the number of individuals in the family who are affected by ectodermal dysplasia.
Patients will be notified by mail of their application status within 30 days following the application deadline. If an application is approved for funding, payment is made directly to the care provider.
If you have any questions, please contact Mary Fete at 618-566-2020.
Other Resources To Consider
We are partners with the National Children's Oral Health Foundation. They offer a program called Tomorrow's SMILES which provides comprehensive restorative functional and esthetic treatment for promising at-risk teens without the financial means to pay for the services. Visit their Web site to see if you qualify and to apply.