"The family effect at HFA is immeasurable. There's nothing like it."
Items Assistance helps individuals in the bleeding disorders community with the cost of medically necessary items that are not covered by insurance or affordable out-of-pocket. HFA understands the enormous financial impact of managing a bleeding disorder. Helping Hands can assist with the cost of durable medical equipment and items medically recommended to community members, including:
• Protective Gear
• Braces and Supports
• Mobility Supports
• Heating/Cooling Items
• Medical ID jewelry

Approved List of Items

Recipient of Wheelchair Assistance
Please read this page carefully before proceeding.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Eligible households must include at least one member with a diagnosed bleeding disorder
  • Must have letter of medical recommendation stating the requested item is medically necessary for the care or management of diagnosed bleeding disorder
  • Must demonstrate financial need (cannot afford the item without assistance)

NOTE: Items Assistance cannot cover any legal expenses or medical expenses including medical bills, dental bills, insurance premiums, co-payments, deductibles, medications, factor, etc. Assistance for fitness support is currently available only to people with active inhibitors as part of the Helping Hands Inhibitor Support program. Visit HFA’s Patient Assistance Portal to find other financial resources.

Steps To Apply:

  1. Complete a Helping Hands referral online (click red button below). Referrals can be submitted by the applicant or a professional representative**  in the bleeding disorders community (healthcare provider, social worker, homecare/specialty pharmacy, local bleeding disorder organization). If the need is urgent, please specify why and when needed.
  2. Obtain written documentation from a healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, physical therapist) in the form of a letter, medical visit notes, or this medical verification form. Documentation can be  uploaded in the referral portal or emailed to Documentation must:
    A. confirm diagnosed bleeding disorder
    B. state the specific request and how it will support the patient’s bleeding disorder treatment.
  3. Provide item specifics or receipt in your referral or email to
    A. If requesting reimbursement, provide a detailed receipt.
    B. If the applicant cannot afford to purchase the item upfront, provide a description as specific as possible about the item needed, including link for online purchase, order form, size, measurements, etc.
  4. Once the referral and is complete and all documentation received, a Helping Hands staff member will contact the applicant to collect/confirm application information and convey the approval decision. This process is generally completed within 30 days. Referrals are reviewed in order received unless an urgent need was specified in the referral.


*Please contact HFA at 202-675-6984 or with any questions.
**A referral indicates permission to contact both the applicant and the referrer. We will be in touch with the referrer or a local professional about any safety issues raised in our phone interview.

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