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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The MAF will allocate a maximum of $3,000 annually (subject to change) to eligible athletes for approved medical expenses. Approved funding will be paid as either a direct payment to the provider or a reimbursement to the athlete for expenses that have already been paid, as determined by the USOPC sports medicine department. There is no limit to the amount of times an individual athlete can apply for the MAF.
To apply for the Medical Assistance Fund, click the link below.
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.