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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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Family Reach
Family reach provides financial assistance for families with children or young adults impacted by cancer. They provide assistance to young adults (aged 18 to 30) living with cancer, parents living with cancer who have young children (aged 17 or younger), or children who have been diagnosed with pediatric cancer. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and work with a social worker or other provider who can help their application. Types of support include:

Everyday needs (including mortgage, rent, car payments/insurance, utilities, etc)
Transportation costs to hospitals and treatment centers
Treatment-related lodging costs for patients—or, in some cases, for family members who need to travel to visit with loved ones undergoing treatment
Day care and other costs incurred when parents are required to be away from home to care for a child in treatment
Additional costs incurred for special needs not covered by insurance
Other expenses may be considered if providing financial assistance will enable parents to focus on their child getting well

Patient Access Network (PAN Foundation)
To help underinsured people with life-threatening, chronic and rare diseases get the medications and treatments they need by assisting with their out-of-pocket costs and advocating for improved access and affordability. They also provide transportation assistance to help people get rides to treatment appointments.

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.

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.

Know Your Rights: A Resource for People with Cancer and their Loved Ones
A comprehensive overview of legal protections for people diagnosed with cancer, focusing on health insurance coverage of treatment.

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.

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:

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.

AstraZeneca Access 360™
Access 360 provides paitents with coverage support and connects them with affordability programs for AstraZeneca medications.

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

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

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 can be helpful treating pain, nausea, insomnia and anxiety; offering grocery gift cards.

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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