Financial Assistance and Case Management
Patient Advocate Foundation offers individualized and sustained case management services to those in need from all areas of the United States who are challenged with debilitating diseases. PAF also has limited funds for co-pay assistance and other financial aid. The PAF website is a good source of information regarding insurance coverage, appeals, and disability insurance claims.
The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. The CSC has information and assistance in dealing with the financial aspects of cancer. The CSC also staffs a toll-free Helpline that provides a wide variety of information about cancer treatment, support, and practical issues faced by patients and families Mon – Fri 9 am -9 pm ET at 1-888-793-9355.
Cancer Care may be able to provide you with financial assistance with transportation, home health care, and child care.
The Patient Travel Referral program, a program of Mercy Medical Angels, aims to “ensure that no ﬁnancially needy patient is denied access to distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis or treatment for lack of a means.” The program provides information on various forms of charitable, long-distance medically-related transportation and referrals to sources in the national charitable medical transportation network.
Hope Lodge is a service of the American Cancer Society. Lodges throughout the country provide temporary free housing for cancer patients who need outpatient treatment. The emphasis is on providing a nurturing, home-like environment that is conducive to healing.
Road to Recovery, another program of the American Cancer Society, provides transportation to treatments locally for cancer patients who need it.
Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (CFAC) is a coalition of financial assistance organizations. While CFAC cannot respond to individual requests for assistance, the group maintains a database of resources searchable by diagnosis, type of aid (housing, expenses, prosthetics), and zip code.
Joe’s House is a nonprofit organization providing a nationwide online service that helps cancer patients and their families find lodging near treatments centers. Their website lists cancer treatment centers and hospitals around the country with nearby lodging facilities that offer a discount. The site also lists lodging chain partners offering discounts.
Cancer Finances is a partnership between Triage Cancer and the Samfund that provides an online toolkit to assist cancer patients and survivors in making sound financial decisions before, during, and after treatment.