What are DBAs?
Diagnosis-based assistance (DBA) programs help with costs associated with specific diagnoses. They may cover many types of expenses, including drugs, insurance co-pays, office visits, transportation, nutrition, medical supplies, child or respite care.
Some cover one specific diagnosis, while others cover whole categories (such as all types of cancers) or even all chronic medical illnesses. These programs are funded by either private or government organizations. Some programs are national in scope, while others are limited to people in specific states. Most have some type of eligibility requirements, usually financial ones.
How Can I Search for DBAs?
In most cases, it's best to search by the type of diagnosis. Because programs are listed in several ways, it's important to know how to find all the programs that can help you:
- First, look for your specific diagnosis (e.g. "Breast Cancer"). If your specific diagnosis isn't listed then
- Look under the general category for your diagnosis (e.g. Cancer All).
- Look also under the most general category (e.g. "Chronic, Serious or Life-Threatening Illness").
You can also look for programs that may help with a specific need that you may have. For example, if you have
breast cancer and chemotherapy has caused you to lose your hair, find "Hair Loss - Chemotherapy Induced" in the
Other ways to search for assistance are by looking for programs that serve a specific geographical area. Note that this method will only show programs that are limited to a state or region; national programs are not included in these lists. If you know the name of a specific program about which you want more information, you can also search by name of program.
If your organization helps people with the costs of a specific diagnosis, we will add it to the website. You can fill out a Program Information form in two ways:
- Complete an ONLINE FORM
- Download a PDF FORM to complete and mail.
- Download a WORD FORM to complete and mail.