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Free Sleep Study for those with Limited Resources

Postby Mike » Sat Jul 02, 2005 6:32 am

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those with limited resources

There are many individuals who are either uninsured or under-insured in the United States, and some of the individuals have been diagnosed with apnea. Because of a lack of adequate insurance, most of these individuals cannot have a sleep study performed, or, later, obtain the necessary equipment or supplies needed to properly treat their apnea. It's for this reason that Awake In America has created the Sleep Study Donation Program and the xPAP Donation and Relief Program.

To qualify for either the Sleep Study Donation Program or the xPAP Donation and Relief Program, individuals must complete and submit the approved applications for the respective programs. Links to both applications are at the bottom of this page. Under the guidelines adopted by the Awake In America Board of Directors, incomplete applications cannot be considered, so please ensure the appropriate application is complete prior to mailing it.

Both applications are saved as a "Portable Document Format" (PDF) files, which is the open de facto standard for electronic document distribution worldwide. PDF is a universal file format, preserving fonts, formatting, graphics, and color of the source document, regardless of the application and platform used to create it. PDF files are compact and can be shared, viewed, navigated, and printed exactly as intended by using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 5 or above).

If you don't have Adobe Reader 5 (or higher) installed on your computer, it is available for free download at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.

The application must be submitted by the individual seeking the equipment, although the individual may be assisted in completing the application by anyone of their choosing. To qualify, the individual requesting the equipment must have been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, and must also have a demonstrated need for the equipment and/or supplies, such as CPAP devices, bi-level devices, masks, and other items.

All applications are reviewed, without prejudice, by the xPAP Donation and Relief Program Committee, which works anonymously, meaning those on the committee review all applications independently and tender their recommendations to Awake In America individually.

Members of the xPAP Donation and Relief Program Committee never see any personally-identifiable information when reviewing the applications. This allows for all members of the xPAP Donation and Relief Program to review the applications based solely on the merits of the information provided, but also allows a review by all on the xPAP Donation and Relief Program, without regard for possible conflicts. One conflict that is avoided by employing this method of review is the chance of a member of the xPAP Donation and Relief Program possibly knowing an applicant.

The recommendations are then tabulated, and the recommendations are presented to the Board of Directors, which oversees the program, which exists through the donations of generous individuals and companies around the country.

All equipment awards are based solely on demonstrated need. See the Awake In America's Non-Discriminatory Statement for the organization's commitment to equal treatment.

The decision of Awake In America's Board of Trustees, based on the recommendations of the xPAP Donation and Relief Program, is final.
How to help others

Awake In America accepts equipment donations to supply the needs for the xPAP Donation and Relief Program, and is able to provide receipts to donors for tax purposes.

Awake In America is also accepting donations of the following equipment for the program:

* CPAP machines
* Bi-level machines
* AutoPAP machines
* Nasal masks in assorted sizes and styles (in factory-sealed packaging)
* Full-face masks in assorted sizes and styles (in factory-sealed packaging)
* Six- and seven-foot sections of tubing that run from machine to mask
* Humidifiers (heated and passover)
* Humidification chambers
* Self-monitoring blood pressure cuffs
* Disinfectant solution, such as Control III

Anyone considering making a donation should be aware that Awake In America asks that all items be in good, usable, working condition, as Awake In America cannot accept items that need repair.

Once the item(s) are received and inspected for Awake In America, a receipt will be sent to the donor for tax purposes. All items donated to Awake In America are deductible for income tax purposes at their "Fair Market Value." Internal Revenue Service code places the responsibility for estimating the "Fair Market Value" upon the donor, rather than the agency receiving the gift. The Internal Revenue Service advises that "Fair Market Value" may be interpreted as the price which a buyer is willing to pay and a selling is willing to accept.

Click here for the Sleep Study Donation Program application[/url]
Click here for the xPAP Donation and Relief Program application

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