Your Guide to Parkinson's Resources

BenefitsCheckUp helps you find state, federal, and private benefits programs available where you live. These benefits programs can help pay for prescriptions, health care, food, utilities, and more. You can also get help with tax relief, transportation, legal issues, or finding work.  Take their questionnaire to find out what benefits and services are available to you.

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American Bar Association

321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
800-285-2221
http://www.americanbar.org/

Legal Guide for the Seriously Ill

The onset of a serious illness or injury can affect much more than a person’s health. Knowing what steps to take to get your financial and legal affairs in order is often vitally important not only to you, but to your loved ones.

This guide provides you information on several steps to consider if you face serious illness or injury.  Specifically, this guide explains “seven key steps” in short and simple terms and provides tips and resource links that will give you much more detailed information on topics such as.Patient Rights, Healthcare Decisions and Employment

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Under the WIC Program, federal grants are supplied to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutritional education for low-income pregnant or postpartum women, infants, and children under the age of 5. This Web site includes information about eligibility and how to apply for the WIC program.
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The Melvin Weinstein Parkinson's Foundation

1340-1272 N. Great Neck Road, #193
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
(757) 313-9729
http://www.mwpf.org

Melvin Weinstein Parkinson's Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that offers assistance to individuals living with Parkinson's disease that are facing financial hardships. You can download a form on this Web site and specifically list your needs for assistance (from help with rent or mortgage payments to purchasing mobility aids). This Web site also links to a list of resources that may be able to help with prescription drug costs.
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SNAP helps low-income families buy the food they need for good health. Individuals apply for benefits by completing a state application form. SNAP helps participants make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices. This Web site provides information about eligibility and the application process.
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GovBenefits.gov is a partnership of Federal agencies that provides information about over 1,000 benefit and government-assisted programs. The site offers a free, online screening tool linking you to a listing of government benefit programs for which you may qualify. This Web site does not require you to enter your name, address, or social security number.
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Feeding America

33 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60610
(800) 771-2303
http://www.feedingamerica.org

Feeding America is a national organization made up of individuals, local food pantries, national offices, government and corporate partners. This Web site offers visitors a tool to locate the affiliated food bank nearest you. NOTE: Your community may have a food bank that is not listed on this Web site, so be sure to check with your local government office, library, or place of worship.
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Catholic Charities USA

66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 600
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1390
http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org

Catholic Charities is recognized as one of the nation's largest social service networks. This organization helps provide food, shelter, financial assistance, and other support to people of all denominations. Visit their Web site to learn more about the programs available in your state which may include: rent assistance, temporary housing, prescription drug assistance, and counseling services on a sliding fee scale.
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Angel Food Ministries

1620 S. Broad Street
Monroe, GA 30655
(877) 366-3646
http://www.angelfoodministries.com

Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization providing a food relief program in various communities in the US. By buying food from first rate suppliers at substantial volume discounts, Angel Food Ministries is able to provide families with nutritious food at a significant discount. They have no qualifications, minimums, or income restrictions to receive their benefits. Families can visit their Web site and view the current menu program, order online, and arrange to pick up from a local host site.
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Your local Information and Referral Center Coordinator can provide you with referrals and make sure you know about the educational and support activities available in your community. 

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