Barr Foundation Amputee Assistance Fund
The Barr Foundation Amputee Assistance Fund (BFAAF) is administered by the Barr Foundation in Boca Raton, Florida and is a cooperative effort between the Fund and certified sponsoring prosthetists.
The Fund will pay for materials and fitting of a new prosthesis up to the schedule after financial need has been established by the prosthetist. Details are listed in the Barr Foundation Amputee Assistance Fund Guidelines. The amputee and the prosthetist complete an application form which are then reviewed and verified. The approval process takes approximately 4-6 weeks.
Over 1200 amputees have received funding for prosthetic rehabilitation in 30 states and 21 foreign countries since 1996.
The Barr Foundation Amputee Assistance Fund was established in 1996 through grants from the Barr Foundation. The mission of the fund is to provide assistance to amputees that cannot afford limbs, have no other financial resources, and to promote quality prosthetic care for all amputees. This is accomplished directly by providing reimbursement for materials and maintenance costs to the prosthetist that provides limbs to the amputee who has no other source of funding. This program is a cooperative effort between the Fund and the amputee's prosthetist to improve the quality of life of the amputee. Amputee applicants, who are seeking initial prosthetic rehabilitation, are first time amputees, are US citizens and in general good health will be prioritized.
The prosthetist, considering sponsorship, must request the application directly from us by calling 561-391-7601.
It is suggested that the amputee be evaluated by the prosthetist that may be sponsoring him/her, prior to them requesting an application in the amputee's name. Please provide the prosthetist with the amputee's name, address, date and level of amputation and telephone number.
The applicant will be reviewed and interviewed for the screening process by one or more members of the review committee upon submission of the application, which is to be completed by both amputee and prosthetist. The applicants will be considered based on need and general health conditions. Sponsoring prosthetist must accept our reimbursement levels as payment in full and provide a six (6) month warranty for adjustments and components used. First time amputees will be required to receive gait training as a condition of the approval by the prosthetist, physical therapist or other qualified personnel at no cost to the applicant.
The application must be completed within 30 days and returned to us with a $25.00 non-refundable application fee. We will then have 4-6 weeks to process the application and the prosthetist will be notified as to approval or denial. If the application is not received within the 30 day period of sending the application it will be canceled and the prosthetist considering sponsorship will have to resubmit.
We will request that proof of denial of any other funding resources be provided at the time the application is submitted. If the amputee is a US citizen, most likely they can qualify for Medicare/Medicaid funding. The prosthetist can help determine that.
Thank you for your interest, if there is anything else we can do, please e-mail or give us a call at 561-391-7601.