Help! I Can’t Afford CPAP. Where To Find Low-Cost or Free CPAP Machines and Supplies.

Don’t have health insurance?

Did you just find out that CPAP isn’t covered by your insurance?

Are you experiencing financial hardship and need a CPAP machine or supplies?

Need a backup device or a second device for traveling?

Here’s a list of organizations that provide low-cost or free CPAP, APAP and bi-level machines and supplies so you can get the sleep you need.

As with any purchase of CPAP equipment, a prescription is required, even if the there is no charge.

American Sleep Apnea Association
www.sleepapnea.org

ASAA has a CPAP Assistance Program (CAP) that has provided over 4,000 CPAP equipment packages to patients in need over the years. Their mission is to help as many patients as possible get the treatment that they need. They believe that no one should go untreated due to financial hardship or other issues. The program is made possible from donations from manufacturers and other nonprofit organizations. They have machines and masks available on a limited basis and includes a 30 day return policy.

What does it cost?

CPAP: $100 program fee (does not require any proof of financial hardship). ASAA can provide you with a CPAP or APAP, new tubing, filter and carrying case (does not include humidifier). Depending on inventory, they may also supply a mask. Click here to complete their online application.

Bilevel/BiPAP: Bi-Level PAPs may be available, depending on inventory (as of the publishing of this post in May 2016, ASAA is in need of bi-level donations).

Supplies: Prices and availability vary. Discounts for purchase or multiple items. Here is the patient mask application.

Breathe California of the Bay Area
(www.breathebayarea.org )

Breathe California of the Bay Area
1469 Park Ave.
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone (408) 998-5865
Email Caitlin Pryce: caitlin@lungsrus.org 

What does it cost?

They will ship equipment nationwide at no cost to the recipient. They accept donations that are shipped to their facility. If you’re local, you can drop off equipment at their location in San Jose (see above). 

The Reggie White Foundation
www.reggiewhitefoundation.org

The Foundation was co-founded after Reggie White’s premature death, by his wife Sara, in conjunction withthe Sleep Wellness Institute in West Allis, Wisconsin. They recognize the role that sleep apnea played in cutting Reggie’s life short, and want to help people of all economic backgrounds to understand the symptoms and risks of this disorder. They provide CPAP therapy equipment to those who might otherwise be unable to secure the needed equipment. Their program is made possible from donations from individuals, manufacturers and other nonprofit organizations.

What does it cost?

CPAP: $25 program fee and proof of financial hardship. Application available here.

Supplies: $10 program fee and proof of financial hardship. Click on the application link above.

Second Wind CPAP
www.secondwindcpap.com

Second Wind CPAP specializes in quality discounted ‘open box’ new and gently used PAP machines for those individuals who could not otherwise afford it. They purchase new or gently used PAP machines from individuals and refurbish it before selling on this site at a discount.

What does it cost?

CPAP, APAP, Bi-Level, ASV: Varies by manufacturer and device, starting from $95 for a gently used CPAP (does not include humidifier) to $299 for used APAP, $399 for bi-level and $499 for ASV (learn about different device types here). Purchase includes 6 month money back guarantee for used devices. New devices are under manufacturers’ warranty.

Supplies: Only available new at regular online prices.

Have health insurance but aren’t sure how much it will cover for a CPAP machine or supplies?

Do you have health insurance but aren’t sure if CPAP is covered?  We can help you understand how your benefits work and how working with an in-network provider may end up costing you a lot less than you expected. We also cover difference between device purchase and rental. Check out our resources:

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Do you have experience with any of these organizations? How has your life changed because of free or low-cost CPAP? Please add in the comments below.

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Comments

  1. Eva McRae Reply

    I am in need of an ASV. I have both Central and Obstructive Sleep Apnea and was shocked to find out that i have no coverage for durable medical equipment. Any help I could get will be most apprwciated.

    • Julia Rodriguez Reply

      Hi, Eva. I’m sorry to hear that you don’t have coverage, but encouraged that your seeking assistance for your therapy. Have you tried reaching out to American Sleep Apnea Association (www.sleepapnea.org) to see if they have any ASVs available? They are very active and can usual help in these situations. They may also be able to suggest other organizations that can help. Please let us know how it goes so that we can share your experience with others in the same situation.

  2. Curtis W Stanton Reply

    I don’t have a prescription. But I do know that I have sleep apnea. Would you still be able to help me?

  3. Julia Rodriguez Reply

    Hi Curtis. A medical equipment provider will need to have a prescription before dispensing equipment, even if you’re not using insurance (who will also require a prescription). The American Sleep Apnea Association may be able to help you find a doctor in your area who can see you and right a prescription. If you’re in SoCal, we can help with that too. Good luck!

  4. CHRISTY KINSEY Reply

    My husband had a machine years ago after being diagnosed with sleep apnea. When we lost our insurance the medical equipment company came and took the machine. How can we go about getting one ? We live in Panama city Florida. Another sleep study is out odbthe question as he has a share of cost. Please direct me in the right direction. I am worried. He’s been without it for over a year.

    • Julia Rodriguez Reply

      Hi Christy. You may be able to get a new machine from one of the organizations listed above. Since it’s been 9 years since his last sleep study, his pressure requirements may have changed he may need a new sleep study which is another expense. You can investigate an auto-titrating CPAP which will adjust the pressure throughout the night. If he also needs a physician to get a new prescription, you should bring that up when you speak with the organizations about getting a new machine. They should be able to offer advice there too. Good luck!

  5. bridget Reply

    Hi i recently found out i have sleep apnea and cannot afford a machine and supplies i have been out of work over 6 months now due to having hip replacement surgery and have lost my insurance can someone please help me

    • Julia Rodriguez Reply

      Hi Bridgette. Breathe California or the Sleep Apnea Association should both be able to help you. Their contact info is listed here. Please let me know if you don’t get a hold of anyone and I will see if I can help. -Julia

  6. Tonya Mihay Reply

    Hi Julia,
    My name is Tonya I have Sleep Apnea, I do have my compliance certificate from my doctor, my problem is my insurance will cover my apnea supplies but I have to first purchase them. I am low income and they are expensive. There is no local suppliers that take my insurance. Can I still get help from one of these organizations?

  7. Tonya Mihay Reply

    Hi Julia, I have sleep apnea and have insurance through the market place. I am also compliant with machine. I can’t find a DME that will take my insurance. I have been calling every DME in town and can’t find a supplier. So Do you have any suggestions for on-line company that accepts insurance?

  8. Steven Hunt Reply

    Hi my name is Steve Hunt I got hurt back in 2009 and lost my job and have no insurance and i need cpap supplies bad and i cant afford to buy them. and cant find anyone to help me out. i now work but cant do much and the pay is not that good. i really need help what can you do for me thanks .

    • Julia Rodriguez Reply

      Hi Steve, please reach out to Breathe CA or the American Sleep Apnea Association. Both organizations should be able to help you obtain free supplies.

  9. Curtis Cox Reply

    I have isonmia and sleep apnea,high blood pressure and real bad migraines and asbestos related cancer called COPD for trying to make a honest living. I,m in a Shands card program that doesn’t cover CPAP Machines and any other type machine. I have so many more problems. No job in 11yrs. Please help me please.

    • Julia Rodriguez Reply

      Hi Curtis. Have you tried contacting Breathe of California or the American Sleep Apnea Association? Both should have options for free or low-cost equipment for you.

  10. Phil Reply

    Just about a year ago i had a doctors appt. And found i have very high blood pressure.
    My doctors reccomended i get checked for sleep apnea. I was told i have EXTREMELY bad sleep apnea. I never even got to go back after recieving the call from the doctor because Soon after the diagnosis i lost my job and health coverage. I am extremely broke and have no medical coverage. The diagnosis was throhgh kaiser my former health care provider. I never got the chance to get any documentation.
    Options? Please help. I am choking myself aeake 29-30 times a night

    • Julia Rodriguez Reply

      Hi Phil. Can you contact Kaiser to try to get a hold of your sleep study report? It may help to show your diagnosis when you contact the organizations listed here. You will still require a prescription from a physician, so you will need to find a physician or clinic who will see you. Once you have the documentation, you should be able to find free or very low-cost equipment. Let me know if there’s any other info I can provide to help. -Julia

  11. Jerry Reply

    Recently diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, lost job with insurance. Currently working but have no insurance and can’t afford a machine.

    • Julia Rodriguez Reply

      Hi Jerry. Glad to hear your working. Since you don’t have insurance, the organizations listed in the post above should be able to help you. They will need a prescription (which you can get from your regular doctor or urgent care) and have low or no-cost machines and supplies. Good luck!

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