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Paying for Cancer Treatment

Locate medical experts and find information on insurance coverage and financial assistance for risk management, treatment and follow up care.

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Lazarex Foundation - financial support for participating in clinical trials
The Lazarex Cancer Foundation supports end stage cancer patients and the cancer community by providing assistance with costs for clinical trial participation, navigation through clinical trial options, community outreach and education.

The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition
The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition is a coalition of organizations that help cancer patients with financial support.

Patient Access Network Foundation
The PAN Foundation helps patients with certain cancers find financial assistance programs.

CancerCare Co-payment Assistance
Helps people afford the cost of co-payments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment drugs to ensure patient access to care and compliance with prescribed treatments.

Helpwithpayingbills.org
This is a state-by-state compiled listing of bill-paying assistance programs.

Medicare Rights Center
The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.

FAQS ABOUT AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IMPLEMENTATION (PART XII)
Released by the Department of Labor, page 4 of this document clarifies that insurance companies must pay for both genetic counseling and genetic testing without any cost-sharing (no cost-sharing, no copays) for women who meet the United States Preventive Services Task Force guidelines for genetic risk assessment.

Patient Advocate Foundation
A national nonprofit organization that serves as an active liaison between patient and their insurer, employer and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job discrimination and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis through case managers, doctors and attorneys.

Breast Cancer Charities Help Now Fund
The Breast Cancer Charities Help Now Fund is a program designed for breast cancer patients, who are in need of emergency financial assistance for rent, mortgage, and/or utility bills (electric, water, and gas).

The Catherine Fund Grant Program
The Catherine Fund Grant Program provides financial aid grants for basic necessities of life to women and men who are unable to continue working throughout their treatment for breast cancer and are struggling financially as a direct result of the diagnosis and treatment.

Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) at CMS
This is the agency consumers can contact for help when they feel they have been inappropriately denied services or were inappropriately charged a co-pay or deductible counter to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. They run a helpline:

Direct: (410) 786-1565
Toll free: (887) 267-2323 ext. 6-1565

or email at: phig@cms.hhs.gov

Healthwell Foundation
Provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to cover coinsurance, copayments, health care premiums and deductibles for certain medications and therapies.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) is a free online resource that helps uninsured and underinsured patients find programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free.

Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation
The Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation offers financial assistance to women under 30 living with breast cancer for medical-related expenses only.

Needy Meds
Assistance programs to help patients with cost of medications and other healthcare.

The Lynne Cohen Cancer Screening & Prevention Project for High Risk Women Bellevue Hospital Center/NYU Cancer Institute
This program makes a special effort to provide excellent medical care to uninsured, underserved minority women from communities that have traditionally had fewer medical services available.

Medicare coverage criteria for genetic testing
This site lists guidelines for BRCA testing under Medicare.

Myriad reimbursement assistance program
Myriad has a financial assistance program for insured individuals who meet their criteria.

Triple Step Toward the Cure
Triple Step Toward the Cure endeavors to provide support to women as they undergo treatment for triple negative breast cancer. We understand that the financial aspects of life can be a heavy burden when facing treatment. To offset these strains and to allow women to focus on getting well, we have established a financial support program for women diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. Some of the areas in which we provide financial support include, but are not limited to Meal Delivery Services, Emergency Funds for Rent, Groceries, Utilities, Transportation related to treatment, Housekeeping Services, Childcare, Selected Co-pay Assistance and Prosthetics & Wigs.

National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship
Includes a page on finding financial help for cancer treatment.

Triage Cancer
Triage Cancer offers tools and resources to help individuals cope with the financial aspects of a cancer diagnosis.

Heaps of Hope
Heaps of Hope assists women through this time by offering assistance with the cost of transportation to medical appointments; helping pay for medications when women have no prescription coverage or have very high co-payments for their medication; helping pay hospital bills for uncovered treatments or tests; assisting with the cost of integrative therapies which are not covered by health insurance and can be helpful treating pain, nausea, insomnia and anxiety; offering grocery gift cards to help ease the financial strain that this illness can cause; and providing an inspirational book - There's No Place Like Hope - to women who are newly diagnosed.

Pink Daisy Project
The Pink Daisy Project provides short term assistance for women under 45 who are within three months of breast cancer treatment or reconstruction due to breast cancer. They can help you offset your budget by offering gift cards for groceries, restaurants and gas.

Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceutical Patient Assistance Program
Information about Bayer's patient assistance programs.

The Cancer Resource Foundation
This foundation offers co-pay assistance for cancer genetic testing for patients in Massachusetts.

AstraZeneca patient assistance programs
Information from AstraZeneca on their patient financial assistance programs.

Genentech Access Solutions
Information about patient access programs for Genentech oncology medications.

Novartis Patient Assistance Program
he Novartis Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. is committed to providing access to our medicines for those most in need.

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