National Cancer Institute (NCI) - Financial, insurance, and legal information along with information on government-sponsored programs and other national organizations that offer financial aid for cancer-related expenses, including treatment, co-pays, travel, lodging, etc.
Low-Income Medicare Subsidy for Prescription Drugs (Eligible patients may be able to access brand-name drugs for less than $10 per month. CLICK HERE to read more
Needy Meds - a 501(c)3 non-profit information resource for assistance programs to help pay for medications and other expenses related to health care and provides free access to online databases for Patient assistance programs, disease-based assistance, free and low-cost clinics, government programs and other types of assistance programs. Also has resources for patient advocates.
Radiation Co-Payment Small Grant Financial Aid Fund - A one-time grant of $1,000 is available to contribute towards the co-pay expenses associated with prescribed radiation therapy during treatment. Applicants must be in active radiation treatment and have an annual income of $60,000 or less. The program is a partnership between the Patient Advocate Foundation, Movember and LIVESTRONG. For more information, visit www.patientadvocate.org or call: 855-824-7941
Tips and suggestions from an Us TOO Inspire community member, Feb 2011:
Do not be intimidated to ask for a discount even if none was offered up front. Ask and then ask again if that is the best they can do. Ask for the billing manager.
Explain your total financial situation. Even if your bill with them is small if you are facing large total bills they sometimes have "catastrophic financial" discounts the billing manager can offer.
Knowledge is power. If you can find out or estimate what medicare/medicaid is reimbursing for the procedure that is a great starting point. Tell them you are paying out of your own pocket and so why should you pay more than a medicare patient would. I told them my starting point was the medicare reimbursement amount but that I was willing to pay 2x that to be "fair". they often jumped at that...even though it was still less than half the original bill.
Doctors are often happy to be paid anything at all and they prefer to be paid sooner than later. So if all else fails you can tell them that unless you can decrease the amount you will have to pay them $10 per month for the rest of your life. They often would prefer to get less and get it NOW than to get more and have to wait and chase the money down later.
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Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) - Provides free and confidential information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to cancer survivors, caregivers, employers, health care professionals, and others coping with cancer
Resources for Military Veterans - Veterans who have been exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides in the Vietnam or Korean wars are at a greater risk for the possibility of developing prostate cancer, and they are more likely to have an aggressive form of the disease. Content on this web page is offered as a resource to veterans. In addition to helpful links on prostate cancer testing, treatment, and management of side effects, resources include information on support groups, financial assistance, insurance information, and other services.
HelpWithPayingBills helps low income families with finding financial assistance programs. The directory lists assistance programs that help with utilities, energy, rent and medical bills.
Mercy Medical Airlift National Patient Travel Center
Partners with Angel Flight to Cancer Patients to provide charitable (free) airline tickets for cancer patients and their escorts going to or from distant specialized evaluation, diagnosis or treatment facilities