About Lyme Test Access Program

Lyme-TAP program funds are temporarily depleted. We are currently not accepting applications. Please check the website regularly for reopening when funds are available again.

The Lyme Test Access Program (Lyme-TAP) is a nationwide patient assistance program offered by Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Foundation to provide assistance for initial Lyme-related lab tests to patients who demonstrate true financial need.

To view eligibility requirements, click here. To download the application, click here.

If approved, you may be reimbursed for up to 75% of the list price that the labs publish for testing from a qualified CLIA/Medicare approved laboratory of your choice. Most of the laboratories publish the price of their lab tests on their websites. Third-party charges for lab tests may vary from the actual list price charged by the labs. Funds are limited & are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children under 18 years of age are given priority. The intention of this program is to help as many patients in need as possible. It is not intended to cover insurance deductibles or to cover patients not truly in financial need. Payments of approved grants may take several weeks.

This nationwide assistance program is made possible by very generous donations from IGeneX Inc., a CLIA/Medicare licensed laboratory, the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Foundation and other sources. Any CLIA/Medicare licensed laboratory may be selected for testing: you do not have to use IGeneX for this program.

We invite other laboratories to support this program by making a donation to Lyme-TAP. If you have any questions regarding this program or how to make a donation supporting this program, please contact us via email at: lymetap@gmail.com.

Disclaimer. The Lyme Test Access Program is a grant program offered by Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Foundation to assist applicants who have financial hardship by reimbursing a percentage of Lyme-related lab tests (performed by any CLIA/Medicare approved lab) that is deemed necessary by their healthcare provider. The program is not intended and should not be construed as giving medical advice or as endorsement of the necessity of or the reliability of any lab test ordered by your physician or of any treatment recommendations by your healthcare provider. Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Foundation does not warrant or endorse and specifically disclaim any liability for loss or costs incurred by patients related to the validity or results of any lab test, delays, or medical treatments. Any determination of eligibility for grants by Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Foundation shall be final and subject to their sole and absolute discretion.

69 comments “About Lyme-TAP”

Thank you for this program and providing me financial assistance. I have been chronically ill for six years and unable to work for much of that time. I finally found a physician who figured out what is going on. My treatment is expensive and insurance does not cover it. Your generosity is helping me get the medical care I need. I pray your organization can continue to help; so many people are battling this horrible disease and are in desperate need. God Bless!

Thank you, Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka and IGenex, for your generosity and your willingness to lend support to those who are chronically ill and in need. Blessings to your organization and all of its members! 

Thank you so much for your financial support covering  a good chunk of my son’s IGeneX testing. You make a tough situation so much easier for our family. 

I want to take a moment to say thank you to Lyme Tap, Rotary Club and Linda for helping my 14-year-old son get his lyme test by iSpot Lyme. As a single mom, who also has lyme, there was no way I would have been able to afford to pay full cost of test. I am forever grateful. What a wonderful group of people with big hearts! God bless you all!

Thank you, Lyme-TAP, for softening the big hit my freelancer’s budget took when I had to get a Lyme test this year! I’m usually quite diligent about checking myself for ticks, but the area where I garden this year was rife with them and one managed to escape me. I got the test just to make sure I was okay because I know several people with chronic Lyme. Praise the Lord for programs like Lyme-TAP for helping those of us whose finances aren’t terrible flexible get tests like this without completely blowing our budgets.

I’ve been sick off and on for the last 6 years with debilitating fatigue and nausea. I’ve had to step back from my job as a youth pastor, and although my church graciously allowed me to stay on board for the time being, they cannot support me financially any longer. I’ve seen doctor after doctor and specialist after specialist in Kaiser Permanente, which is a great system for traditional care, but unfortunately very inclusive and refuses to utilize extensive testing outside their protocol. To make matters worse, Kaiser does not believe in chronic Lyme Disease. I’ve had to resort to visiting an integrative clinic called Middle Path Medicine in Arroyo Grande, CA about 3 hours from where I currently live. But their care isn’t covered by my insurance. With no income from any job, having to pay for my Kaiser insurance out of pocket, which is doing nothing for me, and having to pay out of pocket to find and treat any kind of diagnosis, I needed some help until I could find another means to temporary income. Thanks to Lyme-TAP, I got the majority of an IGeneX Lyme Test covered that I needed to diagnose me. The test returned positive and with direction from Middle Path I’m well on my way to getting treated. Thank you, Lyme-TAP!

Wow. Really cannot put into words how grateful I am. Even when I filled out the application, for some reason I just didn’t believe it could happen (because that’s what kind of year it’s been for me!). What an inspiration to be healthy again so I can pay it forward to those in need, just as this organization has helped me when I was in need. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

I’m so incredibly grateful to Lyme-TAP for their financial assistant with my IgeneX Lyme test. How strange and wonderful to be treated as something more than a number in this age of the medical factory! Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping to resurrect my faith in mankind!

Thank you to all the wonderful people at Lyme Tap! Thanks to your assistance, we have been able to test our children for Lyme (and co-infections). We struggle with significant financial constraits due to our kids’ medical conditions. Ever since we learned about Lyme Disease and the possible connection to our kids’ symptoms, we got them tested with IGeneX. With positive Lyme diagnoses, we were finally able to get our kids the treatments they needed, after years of misdiagnosis. (Since then, my wife and I also tested positive for LD and are getting treated). All this wouldn’t have been possible without Lyme Tap (since the cost of the testing was beyond our means). It was also meaningful and encouraging to know that we are not alone, that someone cares for our family’s wellbeing. Thank you Lyme Tap for all the wonderful work you do. I cannot think of a worthier charitable cause!

THANK YOU so much for your help paying for my Lyme Disease tests. It is overwhelming to have such strong feelings of hopelessness since insurance will not pay for my tests or treatments. I felt as though no one understood. Being disabled without federal help, maxing out credit cards, and not being able to afford testing and treatment is heartbreaking. But when I found Lyme-Tap, I felt glimmers of hope and support. My best friend told me about this program and I thought it would never work, yet it did! The gratitude I feel is over the moon! Thank you for all you do and for all the time you put in to help people who feel lost and buried under financial piles and illnesses. It feels like a miracle just to know there are people who care and who are willing to help!

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