Being diagnosed with cancer can be a tremendous financial burden, on a patient as well as on a family. Besides hospital bills, cancer treatment can include many expenses that insurance doesn't cover, such as medications, transportation, or child care. If lost wages compound this situation, then the diagnosis of cancer can also become a financial crisis. Some relief is available, but it will take effort to piece together what is out there.
This checklist was developed to help guide you in finding options. Check off these options after you have explored them to help you keep track of all you have done.
Assistance Through Our Quality of Life Study
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The FACR is currently conducting a Quality of Life Study. This research study aims to gather information on parameters such as energy, mood, efficacy and others. These will be tracked on a monthly basis in relation to the use of Poly-MVA. Should you wish to participate in this Quality of Life Study, a number of benefits will be available to you. First of all, you will have the opportunity to experience the benefits thousands of people enjoy every day as a result of Poly-MVA. Secondly, for every month you are enrolled in the study you will be able to purchase Poly-MVA from AMARC Enterprises at a 50% discount.
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Finding Assistance for Medically Related Concerns
Hospitals operated by state and local government ("public hospitals") and some non-profit hospitals in your community provide a safety net for those who need care regardless of their ability to pay. Hospital social workers will be the most knowledgeable about sources of support in your community. Call your local hospital and ask to speak with a social worker about any "charity care" or "indigent care" programs. You may also contact your local heath department to see what may be offered in your community. The National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service can direct you to local programs as well. For more information call 1-800-4CANCER or visit their website: www.cancer.gov
The federal government runs a program called "Hill-Burton." The Hill-Burton Program can arrange for certain medical facilities or hospitals to provide you with free or low cost care. Funding and participating facilities are limited. For more information call 1-800-638-0742 or visit their website: www.hhs.gov/ocr/hburton.html.
The Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act (2000) extends Medicaid coverage for treatment to women who have been screened and diagnosed through the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program in states that have agreed to provide this service. For more information call 1-888-842-6355 or visit their website: www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/index.htm
Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs can provide help with prescription drugs. Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) can help you locate assistance programs, both through the pharmaceutical companies and also through state programs. For more information call 1-888-477-2669 or visit their website: www.pparx.org
Patient Advocate Foundation's Patient Assistance Program provides limited payment assistance for pharmaceutical products to insured patients who financially and medically qualify. For more information call 1-866-512-3861 or visit their website: www.copays.org
The Georgetown University Health Policy Institute has written "A CONSUMER GUIDE FOR GETTING AND KEEPING HEALTH INSURANCE" for each state. These free consumer guides list all insurance options. These guides can be accessed through their website: www.healthinsuranceinfo.net
Finding Assistance for Practical Needs (i.e., transportation, wigs, utilities and other items)
Finding Assistance with Entitlements/Benefits/Advocacy
Taking Control of Financial Issues
In addition to limited financial assistance grants for people currently being treated for cancer for transportation, child care, and home care, CancerCare is available to help you with free, professional individual and group counseling and educational programs to help you cope with cancer. To get help in these ways, call 1-800-813-HOPE (4673) or visit www.cancercare.org to view the variety of program offerings.