The CPAP Assistance Program – How You Can Help By Donating Your Used Machines

Although the many thousands of undiagnosed sleep apnea sufferers is a major cause for concern and attention, so too are the many OSA patients that have been diagnosed and are unable to afford the life-changing therapy from a sleep apnea machine. Now, everyone that has experienced the benefits of this lifesaving therapy can help others by joining forces with the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) and their CPAP Assistance Program (CAP). The program recycles gently used CPAP machines, masks, hoses, and supplies in order to put them in the hands of those who need therapy but don’t have the means or the insurance coverage to pay for it.

Resprionics System One CPAP MachineCPAP therapy patients who are replacing their gently used sleep apnea machines can now help others breathe easier by donating them to the CAP program. For several months now, ASAA and other organizations have been fighting to spread the word about this innovative program so that OSA patients without the financial means can get the assistance and CPAP therapy they need.

While CPAP machines, masks, hoses, and supplies are donated to the ASAA CAP for redistribution to those in need, the nonprofit still has to contend with the administrative processes, handling, system checkout, and shipping costs of the program. Consequently, the organization is charging a nominal fee of $100 to the beneficiaries that will be receiving the machines.

Obviously this is far from enough to cover the expenses of the nationwide program. To bridge the ever-growing financial gap, the patient-driven OSA awareness charity is working to raise $10,000 through a fundraising campaign to facilitate the program.

To-date, the program has provided more than 300 devices to people in need and has kept more than 200 CPAP machines out of landfills. Since the key word to the program is ‘gently’ used sleep apnea machine, the ASAA website provides a detailed list of the machine types and models, as well as the age and usage parameters, that are acceptable.

The process for sleep apnea machine and supply donors is simple. They merely fill out the online donation form and fax it to ASAA at 888-293-3650. A CAP representative will then make contact with shipping instructions. Each donated machine and all supplies are thoroughly tested by a registered member of the National Board of Respiratory Care.

For those that wish to make a much needed monetary donation to CAP, the ASAA website also provides a short online form.

The process for beneficiaries is also fairly simple as they merely fill out the online application, have their physician fill out the physician authorization form, and mail them along with the $100 fee to the organization’s Washington-based headquarters. They will then process the request and contact the beneficiary’s physician. Because of limited supply and resources, the organizational program must have as much non-invasive information from the physician as possible. This is to establish genuine need and financial/insurance hardship of the potential beneficiary in order to be sure that the donated materials find their way to those most in need.

BiPAP MachineOnce processed, the sleep apnea machine and supplies are shipped to the beneficiary’s physician with arrival in three to four weeks. The physician is then responsible for adjusting the machine and answering any patient questions on usage. If the physician is requesting a specialty device such as a BiPAP, APAP, or ASV, shipping depends on device availability and whether or not there is a waiting list for that specific type of specialty device.

While the ASAA is a nonprofit with limited staff and resources, their support throughout the OSA community is both broad and deep ranging from other organizations to some of the top manufacturers. Consequently, they are joined by Prairie Home Medical as well as supplied with generous grants from the American Sleep Medicine Foundation and the ResMed Foundation. Manufacturers have also stepped up with In-kind contributions from ResMed, Philips Respironics, Fisher & Paykel, Respiratory Solutions, DFS, Sleep, and Better Rest Solutions.

With more than 20 million people suffering from sleep apnea (many of whom are unaware that they are), ASAA, other organizations, the healthcare community, and conscientious manufacturers have their hands full spreading awareness. They all realize that there may be no greater tragedy than getting diagnosed with this life threatening condition and not being able to afford the sleep apnea machine.

The CPAP Assistance Program cannot help these people without the support of those that have already experienced the life-changing benefits of CPAP therapy via their CPAP machine. As thousands around the country look to purchase a new sleep apnea machine, now is their chance to pay it forward by donating their gently used sleep apnea machine to those who desperately need it so that they too can live fuller, healthier lives.

25 comments
sajodean
sajodean

I need a medium size full face mask and tubing, no insurance can't afford to replace supplies sajodean05@gmail.com

DemekaMzmekaKennedy
DemekaMzmekaKennedy

Just did my hospital sleep study last night and not only am I worried about how I am going to pay my medical co pays but how I am going to afford this machine. I am a single mom with 2 teenage kids. I am living check to check and sleep apnea is making my life miserable. I worry everyday if I will get fired from my job because i cant stay awake. If anyone can help by donating me a cpap I would be be so very grateful. demekahatcher@yahoo.com thanks in advance!!!

ragtopmama
ragtopmama

I need  a machine badly, have no money, no insurance.  Please help if you can. TYTYTY

mohara88
mohara88

Hello fellow sleep apnea bloggers. I am new to all of this and am in need of a cpap machine. Please email me at oharapropertyservices@gmail.com. I am very limited on funds but would love to figure out some way to get one. I as well as my wife would greatly appreciate it. I am located in Tucson Arizona. Soon to be moving to vail Arizona. Thank you.

JessicaEllisonCorrea
JessicaEllisonCorrea

my husband and i have a cpap machine that we are donating. it is 5 years old but works just fine. we just replaced the tubing and mask 2 months ago. also has a new memory card you can email me and my husband at jessicaellison74@gmail.com both of us have sleep apnea and know how life saving this therapy can be. 

Rickschick14
Rickschick14

My Machine is no longer available.  I have donated it to a gentleman from Maine.

Rickschick14
Rickschick14

I have a BIPAP machine to donate.  It is a RESPIRONICS BiPAP S/T.  I also have a few unused tubing and filters to give as well.  Please email me at rene_s_olson@uhc.com.  I will gladly sent to whoever is in need, if you can pay postage or shipping.

sammie13
sammie13

I have a cpap machine I would gladly give to someone who can use it.  ResMed S8 Escape It is about 7 years old. My husband used it for about 1 year.  It has not been used in over 5 years.  I live in northeastern ill.

donna171959
donna171959

I desperately need a CPAP machine but I don't have the $100 to donate to get one. Can anyone help me get one?


beachdweller96
beachdweller96

If anyone has a BiPap ASV that they would like to donate or sell for a nominal fee I am in need of one. Please contact me at beachdweller96@gmail.com. Many thanks. And thank you, as well, to those of you who are offering your CPap machines to others. You are amazing!

QueenbBlueBeltran
QueenbBlueBeltran

Where is the link to fill out the application to get a machine?  It really don't matter in the end because I do NOT have 100.00 to send out with it!  I stop breathing up to 118 times in one hour and sometimes can barely wake up from it.  I know that my tongue blocks my air way but I cant afford any oral appliances either.  Why is this so expensive when it is meant to save lives.  My children are going to be the ones to find me one morning dead in my sleep.  I am a single mom and cant stand that thought!  My insurance wont let me keep the one they sent home to me because I did not do 90% or more of their testing, I did 78%.  I ended up in Seattle for a month to care for my 70 year old mother who fell down a flight of stairs and needed surgery and help for an entire month and there was no one else to do it.  She now lives with me, adding to the stress on top of no sleep! 


Who can help someone like me?  That's my question!  I put a request in to www.2hands.org which is a site where you wish for things and that was a year ago and have had NO responses because this machine is too expensive for the average person to donate.


I need a hero, that's what I need!

jessierunninger
jessierunninger

I don't have any insurance or money but really need a cpap machine with a face mask that covers nose and mouth.


lita007
lita007

Where can I get a used donated cpap for free?

Rickschick14
Rickschick14

Respironics BiPAP ST (New Grey Model) with Heated Humidifier is the machine I have.

RudyRamirez1
RudyRamirez1

@sammie13 Hello, I saw that you have a CPAP machine that you are willing to give away?? I am in desperate need of a CPAP and if there is anyway that you could consider letting me have the machine I would greatly appreciate it. Please I will pay postage and any other fees there might be. Please get back to me at chazz911234@msn.com my name is Rudy.  Thank you so much..


Sincerely,


Rudy 

Dale Wear
Dale Wear

@QueenbBlueBeltran  Hi.  I have just upgraded my cpap and now have an extra one I don't need and I would love to give it to someone in need.  It is about 6-7 years old and has 18,000 hours on it but it is still working great.  Should still last for quite a while, maybe a few years.  If you still need one and would like to have it, I'd be glad to send it to you free of charge.  It would just sit around here anyway, so someone might as well have it.  Email me at dbwear2000@yahoo.com.

JessicaEllisonCorrea
JessicaEllisonCorrea

@jessierunninger my husband has that we just upgraded his machine so we have an extra one. email me at jessicaellison74@gmail.com and we can work something out

keepinitsimple2013
keepinitsimple2013

@lita007 Do you still have the CPAP machine?? Please me at keepinitsimple2013@gmail.com 


I really need it