Financial, Legal, and Work Assistance

Allyson Whitney Foundation
Supporting Young Adults with Rare Cancers – 50% of all diagnosed cancers are a rare form of the primary cancer. The organization awards ‘Life Interrupted Grants’ to young adult patients aged 15-36 undergoing treatment or finished protocol within 6 months,  lending help to concentrate on healing. Grant applications are accepted two to three times a year, dependent on funding.

Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation
Provides everyday needs assistance program for single parent families with children with cancer. The variety of requests range from essentials, such as food, transportation, utilities, and medications not covered by insurance to funds to protect a family from eviction or foreclosure. Works with 12 pediatric hospitals nationwide. Within 24 hours, helps with urgent expenses to allow single parents to stay at their child’s bedside during catastrophic illness.

Association of Community Cancer Centers
Provides a Patient Assistance and Reimbursement Guide that includes a listing of prescription drugs with patient assistance programs.

Cancer Care
Provides financial assistance for active treatment-related medicine, transportation, and homecare. Does not cover basic living expenses such as rent, mortgages, utilities, or food. Also runs The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 2007 to cover the cost of medications for treating cancer for individuals who cannot afford their insurance co-payments.

Cancer and Careers
Empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events. Through a comprehensive website, free publications, career coaching, and a series of support groups and educational seminars for employees with cancer and their healthcare providers and coworkers, Cancer and Careers strives to eliminate fear and uncertainty for working people with cancer.

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition
Provides a coalition of financial assistance organizations joining forces to help cancer patients experience better health and well-being by limiting financial challenges. Provides a searchable database of financial assistance resources based on diagnosis and assistance type.

Cancer Fund of America
Offers free products such as liquid nutritional drinks, adult diapers, bed pads, exam gloves, personal hygiene products, toys, clothing, reading/audio materials, and sick room supplies.

Cancer Legal Resource Center
A national, joint program of the Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School Los Angeles, provides information and education about cancer-related legal issues to the public through its national telephone assistance line. The CLRC also conducts national education and outreach programs for community groups, employers and healthcare professionals and is actively involved in community activities to raise public awareness of cancer-related legal and public policy issues.

Cancer.Net
Provides resources to learn about managing the cost of cancer care. Also provides an informational section on life after treatment.

DiagnosticWorks
DiagnosticWorks is a nationwide company providing low cost, affordable radiology services, such as MRIs, X-Rays, CT Scans, Mammograms, etc. for those who are uninsured or underinsured, ensuring that all can beat this disease with early detection.

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy
Provides clinical and reimbursement solutions to patients with oncologic and hematologic disorders. Their program helps to simplify the process of acquiring medications necessary for treatment.

Fifth Season Financial
Partners with patients facing advanced stage cancer in order to help with their financial situation. Fifth Season’s Loans for Living program is designed to provide immediate financial assistance to people looking to regain financial control during an advanced cancer diagnosis. The program allows Fifth Season to lend funds using an existing life insurance policy as collateral. In some instances, they can lend as much as 60 percent of the policy’s death benefit.

Know Cancer
Provides a cancer social network, resource directory & education hub supporting all those affected by cancer. Categories for resources include medical, general wellness, financial, business, and mental health.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)
Provides a booklet, Cancer and Your Finances, with comprehensive information on types of health insurance, COBRA, federal employment protection, and more. Provides a co-pay assistance program to help pay insurance premiums and meet co-pay obligations (application required.) Provides the YA Connect program, including a weekly online chat and a blood cancer discussion board section for the YA community.

Mesothelioma Resource Online
A resource for everything related to asbestos in order to promote education and awareness for victims, their families, and the general public. Includes information on legal action for patients exposed to asbestos.

Mommy Has Breast Cancer
Provides assistance for women in active treatment for breast cancer including educational materials for children and spouse or significant other, healthy prepared meal delivery, monthly housekeeping services, transportation to and from treatment, and childcare while mom is in treatment.

National Cancer Legal Services Network
Promotes increased availability of free legal services programs so that people affected by cancer may focus on medical care and their quality of life. Provides a comprehensive national map and guide to existing cancer legal services.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Provides guidelines for patients for a number of cancer diagnosis’ including a booklet specific to the care of the AYA patient. (Read The SAMFund blog interview focused on NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Caring for AYA for more information.) NCCN also provides a list of resources to learn about reimbursement help and services available to help mitigate reimbursement challenges.

NeedyMeds
Provides information on programs that help those unable to afford their medication or health care costs. The website has information on pharmaceutical patient assistance programs, programs that offer financial assistance based on diagnosis, free/low-cost/sliding-scale clinics, application assistance programs, drug coupons, camps and scholarships based on diagnosis, disease-specific pages, and government programs. All information is free, easy to access, updated regularly and anonymous. Users don’t have to register to access information.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free. Offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private programs, including nearly 200 offered by biopharmaceutical companies.

Patient Access Network Foundation
Provides underinsured patients with co-payment assistance through more than 40 disease-specific funds that give them access to the treatments they need. Individual grants, depending on the disease fund, are available to to federally and/or commercially insured patients to cover the cost of co-payments, deductibles, and co-insurance.

Patient Advocate Foundation
Provides patient services by telephone, email, or web chat to those in need that fall under the scope of PAF services. Professional staff members intervene by making conference calls when needed, assisting with appeals to insurance companies or the Social Security Administration, negotiating with providers in medical debt situations or securing access to care. The PAF staff strives for positive resolutions whenever possible.

Patient Advocate Foundation – Co-pay Relief Program
PAF Co-Pay Relief (CPR) provides direct financial assistance to qualified patients, assisting them with prescription drug co-payments their insurance requires relative to their diagnosis. CPR call counselors work directly with the patient as well as with the provider of care to obtain necessary medical, insurance and income information to advance the application in an expeditious manner.

Patient Services, Inc.
Provides financial assistance to help people who live with certain chronic illnesses or conditions to locate suitable health insurance coverage and access ways to satisfy expensive co-payments.

Rx Assist
Provides a searchable database of patient assistance programs as well as practical tools, news, and articles.  Helps patients learn about ways to use pharmaceutical company programs and other resources to help reduce medication costs.

RxHope
Provides a searchable database of patient assistance programs to find free or low-cost prescriptions.

Triage Cancer
Provides education and resources on the entire continuum of cancer survivorship issues to survivors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. Partners with experts in the areas of medicine, mental health, nursing, social work, patient navigation, nutrition, oncofertility, law, employment, education, financial management, insurance, relationships, sexuality and intimacy, pain and palliative care, advocacy, and other areas of cancer survivorship.

The Ellie Fund
Fights breast cancer by easing its effects on patients and families. Provides critical support services including transportation to medical appointments, childcare, housekeeping, groceries, and nutritious prepared/delivered meals free of charge to hundreds of women and family members across Massachusetts each year. Services are offered free of charge thanks to the generosity of our volunteers, friends, donors and sponsors.

The HealthWell Foundation
The HealthWell Foundation provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to cover coinsurance, co-payments, health care premiums and deductibles for certain medications and therapies.

The Pink Fund
The Pink Fund distributes short-term  financial aid, for basic living expenses, on behalf of breast cancer patients who  have lost all or a part of their income during active treatment.  Please see this page for eligibility requirements.

The Rob Branham Foundation
Provides or helps find support and services to cope with leukemia and other diseases that lead to a bone marrow transplant as treatment. Programs include Rob Direct, a program to provide limited financial assistance directly to families for ancillary expenses not covered by insurance, as well as other services. Also helps make connections to get a bone marrow drive started, and supports drives financially.

The We Believe Foundation
The We Believe Foundation is a resource that both raises awareness about adolescent and young adult cancers and provides financial assistance to individuals ages 15 – 29 years old. Applications for assistance open in February and September.

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