Financial / Insurance / Legal
These resources support patients in managing the cost of cancer treatment and provide education and information regarding legal rights of employees and Medicare beneficiaries.
This website, sponsored by Cosmetic Executive Women, is a resource and community for working women with cancer. The resource offers information for patients, caregivers and employers regarding financial and legal assistance and protections under the law as an employee living with cancer. This website also assists caregivers in helping friends / co-workers in their battle with cancer.
The Medicare Rights Center
The Medicare Rights Center is a non-profit organization that provides Medicare beneficiaries with support services, educational programs and information on current policy initiatives. The organization aims to ensure that all Medicare patients and their caregivers understand the quality of care they are entitled to and their options. This resource elaborates on the basics of Medicare coverage, Plan Options, Costs, Medicare Rights and a variety of other pertinent Medicare information. It offers in-depth information about what is happening as it relates to Medicare in the government: what needs to be changed, what is being changed and what has just recently transpired.
CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation
The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2007 to address the needs of individuals who cannot afford their insurance co-payments. This organization helps cover the cost of medications for treating cancer and currently has funds to assist patients with the following diagnoses: breast cancer, colon or colorectal cancer, glioblastoma, head and neck cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and renal cell cancer. To learn about the requirements to apply, visit www.cancercarecopay.org/apply.html.
The HealthWell Foundation is a charitable organization that reduces barriers to medical care for patients with cancer, asthma, arthritis, and other chronic or life-threatening diseases. The Foundation helps to bridge the gap by providing financial assistance to eligible patients to cover certain out-of-pocket costs, including: prescription drug coinsurance, copayments, deductibles, health insurance premiums and other selected out-of-pocket health care costs. To find out if you are eligible for assistance from the HealthWell Foundation, visit http://www.healthwellfoundation.org/eligibility.html.
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPARx) program was created to make it easier for low-income uninsured patients to get free or nearly free prescription medicines through existing patient assistance programs. This organization offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private programs, including nearly 200 offered by pharmaceutical companies. To find out if you qualify for assistance, visit www.pparx.org/en/gethelp/select-meds.
Patient Access Network Foundation
The Patient Access Network Foundation (PANF) is an independent, national non-profit organization dedicated to providing underinsured patients with co-payment assistance through 21 disease-specific funds that give them access to the treatments they need. To find out if you qualify for assistance, visit www.panfoundation.org/fundingapplication/welcome.php.
Patient Services, Inc.
Patient Services, Inc. (PSI) is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides a “safety net” for patients with chronic illnesses who are struggling to keep up with expensive premiums and co-payments. PSI supports patients living with specific chronic illnesses by: locating health insurance in all 50 states, subsidizing the cost of health insurance premiums, providing pharmacy and treatment co-payment assistance, assisting with Medicare Part D Co-insurance, helping with advocacy for Social Security Disability and providing Compassionate Prescription Drugs in collaboration with Pharmaceutical Patient Assistance Programs through the PSI-PI Pharmacy (a non-profit pharmacy). To apply online, visit www.patientservicesinc.org/apply.aspx.
My Medicare Matters
My Medicare Matters is a comprehensive national education program that helps Medicare recipients understand their Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage, assess their personal situation, understand their choices, compare plan options and make the enrollment decision that is right for their health and financial situation. It is sponsored by The National Council on Aging and the Access to Benefits Coalition, with support from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP. To learn how Medicare covers cancer-related costs, visit mymedicarematters.org/stayinghealthy/diseaseinformation/cancer/index.asp.