RESCU Foundation, Inc

Renaissance Entertainers Services and Crafters United

a 501(c)(3) corporation

Additional Resources

The following is a collection of additional organizations and agencies that can help you and your family during medical, emotional, or financial troubles.

Important Tips

Know your rights!
- Uninsured people are usually over charged.
- Always ask for a self-pay discount.
- If your bill looks suspicious, ask a RESCU advocate to take a look!

Uninsured
It is a common misconception that those without insurance should go to a county or community hospital in an emergency. On the contrary, the ones known as “good” hospitals are a better choice. Most have financial assistance programs for which people with an adjusted gross income of below $20,000 usually qualifies.

Insurance
We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that any individual have at least catastrophic insurance coverage.

Free Clinics
For a state by state listing of free clinics across the country: www.needymeds.org/free_clinics.taf, www.uniteforsight.org/freeclinics.php, and www.freemedicalcamps.com/

Hospitals
Anyone can apply for financial assistance from hospitals. Be persistent, and do not let anyone stop you from trying.

Physicians Fee Schedule
Use the 5-digit billing code on your bills to se what Medicare pays the hospitals for services performed. This fee can be used to help negotiate down your bill: www.medicare.gov and www.cms.hhs.gov/center/physician.asp

Pharmacy Price Comparison
This site compares the vast pricing differences of national and Internet pharmacies. When possible... Go Generic! www.pharmacychecker.com

Prescription Assistance:
Apply for free or discounted prescriptions from drug manufacturers and other programs: www.needymeds.com or www.pparx.com

Teaching Facilities
If you know you are in need of dental or medical care in advance, try calling the local teaching hospitals for reduced rates. Dental schools usually charge patients at least 30% less!

Additional Agencies

The Actor’s Fund helps with financial assistance for working actors in crisis. Can assist with basic living expenses and medical expenses.

The Artists Health Insurance Resource Center is an up-to-date, comprehensive and unbiased database of health care resources for artists, performers, freelancers and the self-employed. This web site has a state by state listing of all community, private, state and local health resources. It also has links to prescription assistance, hospitals, mental health, legal assistance, and much more in your state."

Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) provides assistance to help sustain a craft artist’s career when an emergency occurs.

Dial 211. While services that are offered through 211 vary from community to community, 211 provides information about, and referrals to, human services for every day needs and in times of crisis. 211 is available in 41 states across the country. (must be dialed from a landline phone or a payphone.) Even while you travel from state to state and need help, you can turn to 211. This service can link you to help lines for rent & utility assistance, food banks, clothing closets, shelters, medical information lines, crisis intervention services, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention/rehab, support for persons with disabilities, after school programs, mentoring, tutoring, protective services and a wealth of additional support agencies.

FindLegalHelp.Org is provided as a public service by the American Bar Association's Division for Legal Services and will guide you to a list of resources in your state including pro bono work for low-income individuals. Most legal issues are regulated by the law in the state where you live, or where the problem occurred.

Hill-Burton Obligated Facilities by State and City requires that obligated facilities provide free or low-cost health care services to people living in the facility's area who cannot afford to pay for the services. This site lists all Hill-Burton facilities nationwide.

United Way provides assistance for recovery from any disaster. (See "Dial 211")

Aging With Dignity is a national non-profit organization with a mission to affirm and safeguard the human dignity of individuals as they age and to promote better care for those near the end of life.


If you need help or have questions on any of the above, email.

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Medical Aid Request Form

If you need help from RESCU, print and fill out our Medical Aid Request Form.

Then mail it, along with copies of all pertinent medical bills to:

RESCU Foundation, Inc.
2206 N Main St. #223
Wheaton, IL 60187
Or fax to: 888-299-9513

 

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2206 N Main St. #223
Wheaton, IL 60187
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