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I need to get a sleep study done. I am currently going to school, not working and have no insurance. I didn't know if there are free or low cost sleep studies in/around the Philadelphia area.

I am constantly tired, gasping for air in my sleep after I stop breathing, as well as snoring excessively loud. I am 28 years old and this has been going on for as long as I can remember.

Sometimes I have been sleeping through school and appointments because I am so tired. I have been dealing with depression for a long time. Although depression can cause people to be tired, I truly believe I have sleep apnea. I don't know what to do. Any advice would be helpful. Thank you.
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Have you checked to see if there are any free clinics near you? They usually have "arrangements" with other specialties and labs that cover most if not all of the costs. The equipment is another story. One that I'm currently dealing with as well.
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Hi cece,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hang in there for more suggestions and best of luck to you.
trish6hundred
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(01-07-2014, 12:42 PM)cece Wrote: I need to get a sleep study done. I am currently going to school, not working and have no insurance. I didn't know if there are free or low cost sleep studies in/around the Philadelphia area.

I am constantly tired, gasping for air in my sleep after I stop breathing, as well as snoring excessively loud. I am 28 years old and this has been going on for as long as I can remember.

Sometimes I have been sleeping through school and appointments because I am so tired. I have been dealing with depression for a long time. Although depression can cause people to be tired, I truly believe I have sleep apnea. I don't know what to do. Any advice would be helpful. Thank you.

a lot of times, hospitals will have sleep labs and you can apply for indigent patient discounts at not for profit hospitals. hope this helps
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(01-07-2014, 12:42 PM)cece Wrote: I need to get a sleep study done. I am currently going to school, not working and have no insurance. I didn't know if there are free or low cost sleep studies in/around the Philadelphia area.
Hi cece, welcome aboard
Isn't there some sort coverage for students. Talk to your GP, he/she might know of low cost sleep studies in your area or even a home study

FYI ... Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Pro...e_Care_Act

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(01-07-2014, 03:09 PM)zonk Wrote:
(01-07-2014, 12:42 PM)cece Wrote: I need to get a sleep study done. I am currently going to school, not working and have no insurance. I didn't know if there are free or low cost sleep studies in/around the Philadelphia area.
Hi cece, welcome aboard
Isn't there some sort coverage for students. Talk to your GP, he/she might know of low cost sleep studies in your area or even a home study

FYI ... Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Pro...e_Care_Act

good suggestion zonk. soon anyone with out insurance will be fined from what I have been told.
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(01-07-2014, 03:17 PM)me50 Wrote:
(01-07-2014, 03:09 PM)zonk Wrote:
(01-07-2014, 12:42 PM)cece Wrote: I need to get a sleep study done. I am currently going to school, not working and have no insurance. I didn't know if there are free or low cost sleep studies in/around the Philadelphia area.
Hi cece, welcome aboard
Isn't there some sort coverage for students. Talk to your GP, he/she might know of low cost sleep studies in your area or even a home study

FYI ... Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Pro...e_Care_Act

good suggestion zonk. soon anyone with out insurance will be fined from what I have been told.

Not always. Depending on income and whether or not the state you reside in expanded Medicaid under the PPACA, as well as other exemptions from the penalty can apply. The "affordable" plans on the exchange have extremely high deductibles that would far exceed the out of pocket costs for the sleep study and any penalty (if applicable).

Cece, I forgot to mention it in my first response but you should apply for Medicaid if you haven't already.
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Check out (Google) the American Sleep Apnea Association. They have programs that may be of help to you.
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(01-07-2014, 12:42 PM)cece Wrote: I need to get a sleep study done. I am currently going to school, not working and have no insurance. I didn't know if there are free or low cost sleep studies in/around the Philadelphia area.

I am constantly tired, gasping for air in my sleep after I stop breathing, as well as snoring excessively loud. I am 28 years old and this has been going on for as long as I can remember.

Sometimes I have been sleeping through school and appointments because I am so tired. I have been dealing with depression for a long time. Although depression can cause people to be tired, I truly believe I have sleep apnea. I don't know what to do. Any advice would be helpful. Thank you.

until you can get this worked out, you can sleep in a chair or elevate your head and see if that helps. I am sure others will have other suggestions.
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#10
" I am currently going to school, not working and have no insurance."

With the ACA you may qualify for a subsidy, or Medicaid. You will want to check your options.

Good luck,
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