The Medical Assistance Fund (MAF) was established in 2021 to cover medical costs for eligible athletes that are not met through traditional resources. This resource is designed to support the medical needs and alleviate financial burdens of elite athletes training for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Funds will be used to pay for significant medical costs incurred by eligible athletes, including necessary travel-related expenses. The USOPC is dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of athletes facing medically-related financial hardships, enabling them to overcome various challenges and pursue their goals.
To be eligible for the Medical Assistance Fund, athletes must:
- Have accessed existing resources, including Elite Athlete Health Insurance, Medical Network, and NGB sport accident policies or have had these resources deemed not applicable
- The athlete must have EAHI or be EAHI eligible at time of the medical diagnosis or care
- Incurred uncovered, out-of-pocket medical costs of at least $100
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Due to an increase in demand and limitation of available resources, the MAF will allocate a maximum of $3,000 annually to eligible athletes for approved expenses through December 31, 2023.
Athletes who submitted an application and received formal written approval prior to July 6, 2023 will be eligible for the benefit outlined in the policy issued September 6, 2022.
If you have any questions or require further information, please contact a USOPC Athlete Healthcare Navigator at (800) 933-4473, Ext. 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our team will be available to assist you in exploring additional resources and support.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have general questions about the fund, contact an Athlete Healthcare Navigator at email@example.com.
If you have questions about medical services and needs, please contact 1-800-933-4473, Ext 2.