Have you ever thought about getting a free CPAP, you’re in luck! This article guides you through the free CPAP assistance programs and other benefits for those suffering from sleep apnea.
What is a CPAP?
A CPAP is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. It delivers constant and steady air pressure, forcing people with apnea to continue breathing even while they sleep.
It can be difficult to adjust to a CPAP device. However, it is important to use it because it can help protect you from the other conditions that can be triggered or worsened by apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder. People with sleep apnea stop breathing periodically while they sleep. They snore loudly and they feel tired, even after a full night’s rest.
In order to get diagnosed with sleep apnea, you will need to undergo a sleep study. These used to be very cumbersome and difficult, but recent technological advancements have enabled patients to have sleep studies at home with minimal technological interference.
Sleep apnea is very serious. It can cause high blood pressure, migraines, diabetes, heart problems and can even be fatal if untreated.
How to Get a Free CPAP
American Sleep Apnea Association
The American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) has two programs that can help: the CPAP Assistance Program and the Yearly Supply Program.
CPAP Assistance Program by ASAA
The CPAP Assistance Program by ASAA has provided over 7,500 CPAP packages to low income patients in the last three years. Their goal is to help as many patients as possible get the treatment they need.
The package they provide includes a CPAP machine, tubing, filter, carrying case, full face mask and manuals. They do not provide a humidifier.
You can request a nasal mask or nasal pillow mask, but they are not guaranteed to have the style you want.
They do not provide any CPAP setup, instruction, mask fitting or follow-up care. The equipment is all provided as-is.
If the device is damaged during shipment or has a mechanical failure, they’ll replace the machine for free within 30 days. There are no other warranties.
In order to apply for their CPAP Assistance Program, you will need to pay a $100 Program Fee. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, you will need to pay an additional $20 fee for shipping.
Yearly Supply Program by ASAA
Unfortunately, CPAPs require ongoing supplies and maintenance in order to function properly. If you enroll in the ASAA Yearly Supply Program, you’ll receive four new masks, two tubes and four filters each year.
All of the equipment will be sent in one annual shipment.
The Yearly Supply Program costs $100 to use. You can also just order the masks, if that’s all you needed. The masks are $25 for one, $45 for two or $60 for three. There is a $5 additional charge for shipping if you live in Hawaii or Alaska.
The Reggie White Foundation
This foundation helps provide CPAP devices to those who can’t afford them. The foundation was started after Reggie White’s premature, sleep-related death. The machines and supplies are free but there is a $25 shipping charge.
Second Wind CPAP
This online company provides cheap CPAPs for everyone. There is no application process. They charge as little as $95 for a device.
They are all either cleaned, refurbished items or new, “open box” items. Also, they provide a six month warranty on their equipment and claim that most devices have been used for less than 500 hours.
Medical Equipment Recyclers
There are many agencies that help recycle durable medical equipment. They take donations of equipment that are no longer needed by their original users and pass them along to those who need them now.
Breathe California of the Bay Area
Sleep apnea is often not covered by insurance, so this agency provides CPAP, Auto CPAP, Bi-PAP and Auto Bi-PAP devices to those in need. They do this free of charge. However, the program is so popular that it often has a waiting list.
Borrow a CPAP from a Local Lending Library
We have a huge state-by-state directory of used medical equipment loan programs. All you need to do is click on this link and scroll to find your state! Many of the agencies listed in that post also provide CPAPs.
1. How Do I know if I have Sleep Apnea?
You won’t know for sure unless you get tested. We can help you with testing, and a sleep screening. However, waking up tired, experience morning headaches, having daily fatigue, and snoring are all signs that may point to sleep apnea.
2. How often can I get a new CPAP?
Most insurance will pay for a new CPAP every 3 to 5 years. Check with your insurance provider for clarification as policies differ.
3. I’m a new user, what do I need to buy?
You will need a CPAP machine and a CPAP mask for effective CPAP therapy. Every CPAP machine comes with a power cord, filters, and a hose (tubing). CPAP masks are sold separately.
4. How long will I have to use CPAP?
Using a CPAP machine treats OSA, it is not a cure. It is very important to remember that this is therapy and therapy is continuous. CPAP therapy is still today, the most recommended and the most effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.
As thousands of pf people around the country look to purchase a new sleep apnea machine, now is your chance to pay it forward by donating your used CPAP machine to those who desperately need it so that they too can live fuller, healthier lives.
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