Organizations such as the American Sleep Apnea Association and Awake in America offer free CPAP machines to individuals who cannot afford them or are uninsured. For individuals with health insurance, their plan may cover some or all of the costs of a CPAP machine if prescribed by a physician. Regional sleep-disorder centers may provide CPAP machines to individuals who cannot afford them, however, they may require participation in a sleep study first, explains eHow.
The American Sleep Apnea Association requires individuals to fill out a CPAP Assistance Program application in order to assess their eligibility for aid. The application is available on the organization's website and must be printed out and mailed in. Applicants must also pay a $100 application fee. This fee is refundable if the applicant is deemed ineligible for a free CPAP machine, explains the American Sleep Apnea Association.
Individuals with low-deductible insurance plans, or those whose physicians deem capable of purchasing CPAP equipment, are not generally eligible. If accepted, the CPAP equipment is shipped within three weeks to the office of the applicant's physician, according to American Sleep Apnea Association.
Awake in America operates in a similar manner to the American Sleep Apnea Association. Individuals can fill out an application for the Sleep Study Relief program or the CPAP Relief Program on the Awake in America website, explains the organization's website.