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Tuberculosis (TB) Treatment Assistance Program - Purchasing Treatment Assistance Aids

Remember that treatment assistance aids don’t need to be expensive to be meaningful to a client. It is important to base purchases on your knowledge of the client and to make them as personally meaningful to the client as possible.  Listen to your clients, and as you build rapport with them, learn their interests.  This will enable you to choose meaningful treatment assistance aids for them.  Begin right away with small items while the nurse-client bond is forming. Most treatment assistance aids cost under $10. Since there are limitations to the funding available for this program, please remember that all clients do not require treatment assistance aids nor should aids be given at every encounter.    

TB treatment assistance aids without pre-approval from the American Lung Association are capped at:

  • $50 for patients being treated for latent TB infection
  • $200 for patients being treated for active TB disease
Allowable treatment assistance aids include:
  • Pill minders
  • Food
  • Beverages
  • School supplies
  • Plants
  • Bus tickets
  • Gas vouchers (for fuel only). Vouchers must have “for fuel only” imprinted on the card by the company (not hand-written).
  • Flowers
  • Birthday cards
  • Practical clothing items (less than $10)
  • Hobby supplies
  • Books
  • Personal care items
Items NOT covered by the TB Treatment Assistance Program:
  • Cigarettes and other tobacco products
  • Cash
  • Alcohol
  • Gambling
  • Health Services (e.g., x-rays, immunizations)
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Gift cards (including gift cards to restaurants where alcohol is available)

    Page Last Updated: March 21, 2018

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