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Questions for Patients

Q: I have a sister with a serious medical condition. How does she get started?
Q: Why does STF require patients to sign a medical information release authorization?
Q: Does STF provide direct grants to medical patients?
Q: What expenses will STF cover?
Q: What treatment does STF recommend?
Q: How do I request a disbursal of donations?
Q: Do I receive the donation directly from STF?

Questions for Donors

Q: How much of my donation goes to fund treatment?
Q: Can I make a donation directly to a patient?
Q: Can I make a donation directly to STF?
Q: Are my donations tax deductible?
Q: How do I keep track of my donations?

For Patients

Q:  I have a sister with a serious medical condition. How does she get started?
A: The first step is to fill out registration form. After filling out the form, you will receive instructions on the uploading of the information on the profile page.

Q: Why does STF require patients to sign a medical information release authorization?
A: Federal law requires medical providers to keep their patients’ information private and confidential. This includes status of treatment, outstanding balances on patients’ accounts, and even the fact that the provider is treating a particular patient. In assisting patients, STF may need to contact providers to confirm treatment plans or discuss pending treatment costs. The release authorization allows your medical provider to provide this information to STF.

Q: Does STF provide direct grants to medical patients?
A: STF’s goal is to empower medical patients to take control of their own treatment by eliminating the obstacle of cost. STF focuses on educating patients on effective ways to raise funds within their own communities. STF does not provide direct assistance at this time.

Q: What expenses will STF cover?
A: STF can help with medical procedure costs; hospital bills and deposits; co-pays; doctors’ appointments, medications, caregiver expenses, insurance premiums, temporary mortgage assistance following surgery, travel, food and lodging expenses.

Q: What treatment does STF recommend?
A: STF does not employ medical professionals, nor does STF provide medical advice. STF assumes that each patient has made an informed decision about their treatment, and has consulted their respective medical providers.

Q: How do I request a disbursal of donations?
A: Prior to making any disbursements, patients must furnish STF with proof of the anticipated expense (usually in the form of a medical bill or billing estimate). These can be forwarded to STF at mmanning@settingthemfree.org

Q: Do I receive the donation directly from STF?
A: Typically, STF will forward payment directly to the medical provider who is rendering the treatment. However, with paid receipts, STF will reimburse the patient.

For Donors

Q: How much of my donation goes to fund treatment?
A: STF strives to maximize the investment of its donors. STF retains 2% of all donations made in honor of patients for administrative costs and uses the rest to pay for medical treatments.

Q: Can I make a donation directly to a patient?
A: Federal tax regulations prohibit tax deductibility for donations made for the benefit of a specific person. STF does allow donors to indicate in whose “honor” the donation is made. All donations made in “honor” of patients are used to fund medical treatments or treatment related expenses.

Q: Can I make a donation directly to STF?
A: Absolutely. STF uses direct donations for various purposes, including improving our fund raising methods. We appreciate any direct donations.

Q: Are my donations tax deductible?
A. Yes. STF is a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Any donations made to STF for which you did not receive a benefit are tax deductible. Please speak with your tax professional regarding deductions on your taxes.

Q: How do I keep track of my donations?
A: Donors are responsible for keeping track of their own charitable giving. Any donations made online will result in a receipt for the donor. For any other (such as a check) donations valued at $250 or more, STF will provide the donor with a receipt. Donors should provide any documentation from their gifts to their tax preparers to claim the deduction.

“Any contribution is made with the understanding that Setting Them Free has complete control and administration over the use of the donated funds.”