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How do you go about getting a free medical ID bracelet?

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Complete a sponsorship enrollment form at MedicAlert.org. In addition, submit a brief statement explaining your hardship plus a copy of your Medicaid or MediCal card, proof of food stamp program assistance or a current copy of your government assistance determination letter with dollar amount. Fax or mail in the form.

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A second option is to have an appropriate agency, such as Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income, MediCal or your doctor's office submit an explanation of hardship on your behalf. This is to be written in the agency's own letterhead and needs to state that you cannot afford a medical ID bracelet because you are receiving government assistance. The sponsorship package includes a free medical ID bracelet and three free years of My MedicAlert services. Once the period expires, you are required to resubmit financial hardship.

In Canada, children between the ages of 4 and 14 are eligible for a free medical ID bracelet and MedicAlert services, regardless of financial need. The Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation provides free diabetes ID necklaces to anyone who requests them. Doctors and case workers can be a good source of information about local charities, medical foundations or programs offering free or low-cost medical ID bracelets.

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