Ithaca Health Fund
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 helps those in need with the costs of
emergency medical or dental expenses and supports health and wellness efforts by our community
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The Ithaca Health Fund is a discretionary grant program
that provides emergency medical assistance to those with financial need and supports other nonprofit
organizations in our communities who conduct health-related projects. The Ithaca Health Fund is a unique
program: funded entirely by the donations of community members to support the communities we live in,
it's an innovative, local, grassroots approach to our nation's healthcare crisis.
Grants are available to income-qualified people with specific needs addressed
by the grant categories offered through the Health Fund.
We try to keep grant application simple. The process will be reviewed with any patient
who is referred into the program. IHA staff and
Finance Committee members then assess the bill(s) for grant eligibility, based on
categories, and grant considerations. The patient and health care
provider may be contacted for further information
in the process of grant review. This may require that the patient authorize Health Alliance staff to
discuss their bills with providers. Grant payments are then prepared based upon the results of this
process. Review of grants may take up to one month to complete.
Our staff and volunteer advocates also help with applications for charitable assistance from
medical providers and drug companies. You can contact us to find out
if this would help you and make an appointment with an advocate.
For more information see:
- Current categories of grants available through the Health
- IHA Community Grants small grants program for other
organizations and groups conducting health-related work
By using an anonymous reporting services, we can be wholly transparent about
the Health Fund's grant activities and at the same time vigorously protect the confidentiality of all
Grants Made and Denied (updated throughout the year):