Lyme-TAP Tips and Frequently Asked Questions:

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.

Tips – General

We are a small, all volunteer organization. To help keep the workload down and expedite application processing, please carefully complete all parts of the application. PLEASE INCLUDE AN EMAIL ADDRESS ON THE APPLICATION. Applications with no email address may take longer to process.

  • Send an email after submitting an application to be sure it was received to
  • Be sure your application is completely filled out. Do not write “see receipt”. List the lab tests you are requesting on the application form with the individual test costs.
  • Be sure to submit the entire 3 parts of the application package.

    (1) The completed application (with signatures)
    (2) The income verification (Pages 1 and 2 and Schedule 1 of 2018 1040 Federal tax return or page 1 of 2017 1040)
    (3) Either a copy of the receipt for a reimbursement or a copy of the laboratory requisition for a prepayment to the lab.

    *Note: Please do not submit other unrequested information such as test results.

  • Submit the required pages of your tax return, not a summary
  • Be sure the physician who ordered your laboratory tests fully completes their portion of the application.
  • If you have questions, please be sure you have read the eligibility requirements page of the application first. If this information does not answer your question, then contact the program via email or fax.

Tips For Completing Your Application

Part A)

Your Information

Grant checks are mailed out to the address listed here.

Healthcare Provider Information

This part is for listing the healthcare provider’s information (not insurance information).

Child information

If this grant application is for a child, please put their name & age here

Diagnostic Test Information

List the lab tests to be performed and their cost individually.

For the question of “have you been tested previously”, see below “Tested Previously” under commonly asked questions and answers.

Part B)

Statement of Financial Need

Please be sure all applicable boxes are completed and that the application is signed.

Part C)

Healthcare Provider’s Certification

Please be sure your healthcare provider has completed this part and signed the application.


What kinds of tests are covered?

  • What kinds of tests are considered for grants?
  • The program covers laboratory testing for Lyme disease, other tick-borne diseases and the CD-57. We refer to Columbia University’s Lyme and Tick-borne Disease Research Center for a list of other tick-borne diseases.

Fund Depletion

  • I saw a notice on the website that program funds are depleted and applications are not being accepted. When will you reopen the program and accept applications?
  • From time to time, the program funds become depleted due to the popularity of the program. We post a note on the website and have an auto-reply from our email as to the status of funds. Keep checking the website for updated information.

Tested Previously

  • I have been tested in the past but the testing was a long time ago and my doctor says I need to be retested (or the test was inconclusive). What can I do?
  • The program is intended to fund grants for initial diagnosis and does not cover duplicate testing. Write a note as to why you are being tested again on your application or attach a letter and we will take your case into consideration.

Tax Return-Income Verification

  • I am on disability and have not filed taxes. What can I do?
  • You can submit your SSI/SSDI statement with a written explanation.
  • I am now on unemployment and my income is reduced from what is shown in my tax return. What do I do?
  • Submit a copy of your unemployment statement and send in a note with your application to explain your current financial situation.


  • I am over your income guidelines but have extenuating circumstances. What can I do?
  • You can submit a letter explaining your circumstances and providing what you believe will substantiate your financial need. We will take your case into consideration.


  • What laboratories can I use?
  • You can use any CLIA/Medicare approved laboratory, most laboratories are. If you don’t know if the lab you are choosing is CLIA/Medicare approved, you can call them or look at their website.

Second Grants

  • I previously received a grant for Lyme disease testing, can I apply for another grant for co-infection testing?
  • Yes, applicants can reapply provided the testing is not duplicative. Grants are to be for initial diagnostic laboratory testing for Lyme disease, other tick-borne diseases and the CD-57.

What tests should my doctor order?

  • What testing should my doctor order?
  • The testing your healthcare provider orders is between you and your healthcare provider. If your healthcare provider needs information on testing, they typically can call the chosen laboratory for more information.


  • I have health insurance but it will not cover out of network testing.
  • You can have health insurance and still qualify for the program if your insurance company will not cover the laboratory testing in question. The program is not intended to cover deductibles or co-pays.


  • I have paid for my testing and am asking for a reimbursement. What kind of receipt do I need to submit?
  • The receipt for laboratory testing must be from the performing laboratory, include a list of the lab tests performed, the cost and show receipt of payment.


  • How does the prepayment option work?
  • We prefer to issue reimbursements for grants. However, in the event that this is not possible, you can request a prepayment to the laboratory. To receive a prepayment to the laboratory, instead of submitting a receipt, you submit a copy of your laboratory requisition form that has been completed and signed by your medical professional, and has been signed by you as well. This is the doctor’s order to the lab that shows what tests are to be performed. Include the cost of each individual test.Note: Grant checks for prepayments are made payable to the laboratory and mailed to the grant recipient to the address listed on the application. Prepayments may take longer to process than reimbursements. We are not responsible for delays.
Grant Checks
  • 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.

Phone Calls

  • How can I speak with someone on the phone?
  • The program does not have a phone line. We can be contacted via email, fax or regular mail. Email is the best way to communicate with program volunteers.

International Inquiries

  • Do you give grants to residents of other countries?
  • Currently, we are a nationwide program in the United States only and can only fund grants to recipients within the U.S.

Other support

  • Where can I find other support?
  • The Lyme-TAP program is limited to providing grants for laboratory testing for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. We do not recommend specific laboratories, provide doctor referrals or provide medical advice. Please see our disclaimer.

Some organizations that provide other types of support:

Education/Support Groups

Possible Financial Support