Triage Cancer and The SamFund have partnered on an online tool to help navigate financial resources after a cancer diagnosis.
Cancer Insurance Checklist
The Cancer Insurance Checklist is an online tool you can use to compare different insurance plans in the federally funded Marketplace. (In English and Spanish)
Cobra: Department of Labor FAQ on your rights
Offers descriptions of cobra, your rights and options.
Compassionate Allowances for Ovarian Cancer: Disability Benefits Center https://www.disabilitybenefitscenter.org/compassionate-allowances/ovarian-cancer-social-security-disability
Describes the Social Security Administration (SSA) Compassionate Allowances program to help reduce some of the financial burdens that may accompany the diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
Healthcare.gov is the website where you can research different insurance plans in your state to find the best fit for you and sign up during open enrollment or a Special Enrollment Period.
Provides overview of Medicaid program and eligibility requirements.
Provides overview of Medicare, eligibility requirement, and application.
Nutrition Assistance Programs
Describes SNAP, WIC, and other programs that supply access to food/nutrition.
Social Security Administration: Overview of Disability Programs
Offers description of each program including SSI, SSDI, and returning to work.
Social Security Disability Income
Women with ovarian cancer may qualify for social security disability income. Visit this website to learn more and apply.
SSI and SSD: Disability Benefits Center
Describes the eligibility criteria for supplemental security income and social security disability.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Provides information and technical assistance for individuals with questions relating the Americans with Disabilities Act – the legislation that prohibits employers from discriminating against you based on your medical condition. The U.S. Department of Justice provides information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through a toll-free ADA Information Line 800-514-0301.
Appeal Insurance Decisions: US Department of Health and Human Services
Explains internal and external appeal rights for any decision or cancellation of benefits by your insurance carrier.
Cancer and Careers
Cancer and Careers provides information on legal and financial issues that affect cancer patients. Information on understanding your rights, FMLA, career advice and support.
Cancer Legal Resource Center: Disability Rights Legal Center
A cancer diagnosis may carry with it a variety of legal issues, including insurance appeals, employment rights and leave time, access to health care and government benefits, and estate planning. The CLRC offers information on these issues, has links to critical topics, presentations and webinars, as well as a toll-free telephone assistance line: 866-THE-CLRC.
Disability Rights Legal Center
Offers disability rights advocacy through legal assistance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
This is a federal agency that enforces laws that prevent workplace discrimination based on, among other things, disability including cancer related illnesses. Also information on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): Department of Labor
Provides information on the Family and Medical Leave Act, a law that provides up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave during any 12-month period to eligible, covered employees.
National Women’s Law Center
The National Women’s Law Center is dedicated to helping achieve policies that affect women throughout their lives and advocating for women who are being discriminated against.
Provides educational events, animated videos, and written material on many topics including resources, education, and laws.
Provides assistance to find local resources including crisis, food, health and housing
Helps all professionals in entertainment and the performing arts. The Actors Fund is a safety net, providing programs and services for those who are in need or going through a crisis or transition. It offers several services, including help attaining affordable housing and health insurance, financial assistance for people in a medical crisis or those disabled by illness, case management, referrals, support groups and funeral/burial assistance. The Actors Fund is administered in offices in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Allyson Whitney Foundation
Provides “Life Interrupted grants” between $500-1500 for women undergoing treatment for rare cancer between the ages of 16-36.
Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund
This fund provides small financial grants to patients ages 18-40 as they undergo cancer treatment.
CancerCare provides a limited amount of financial support for transportation, home care and child care to women cancer patients who meet eligibility criteria.
Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition
The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition maintains a database of organizations that offer support to cancer patients. It can be searched by diagnosis or type of assistance needed.
Cleaning for a Reason
Provides “gift of a clean home so you may focus on healing.”
Good Days Fund
Provides co-pay assistance.
Provides financial assistance towards medical treatments and other costs.
Hill-Burton Free and Reduced Cost Health Care
Under the Hill-Burton law, about 170 health care facilities nationwide are obligated to provide free or reduced-cost care to those who cannot otherwise afford medical care.
LiveStrong Cancer Navigation Center
The LiveStrong Cancer Navigation Center can help with insurance denials and appeals, handling debt and financial management issues related to a cancer diagnosis and more.
Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation
Financial aide for mothers undergoing cancer treatment who have loss of income and at least 50% custody of child living in Orange or Los Angeles county.
Needy Meds provides information about programs that help people facing problems paying for medications and health care, and assist patients in applying to such programs.
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.
Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation
The PAN Foundation provides up to $3700 a year in co-payment assistance annually to ovarian cancer patients who are enrolled in Medicare and have incomes up to 500% of the federal poverty level. Patients must reside and receive treatment in the United States.
Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)
Case workers from the Patient Advocate Foundation work one-on-one with patients, caregivers or providers resolve healthcare issues. The Foundation also offers co-payment assistance to women with ovarian cancer.
Extensive list of organizations that provide financial help to patient’s with cancer. Please note this is not specific to Ovarian Cancer but may have helpful resources.
RxHope lists information about patient assistance programs that offer free or reduced-cost medication in the United States.
The SAMFund provides financial assistance and online support to young cancer survivors.
Operates a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. Homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital they serve, and have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Also operates the Hero Miles program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of ill service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels.
Healthcare Hospitality Network
Links to affiliate lodging programs across the US.
Hope Lodge: American Cancer Society
30 Hope Lodge locations nationwide offering lodging for cancer patients as well as Extended Stay America (Hotel Keys of Hope) discount lodging.
Hotel Keys of Hope: Extended Stays America
A partnership program between American Cancer Society and Extended Stays America to provide discounted hotel stay for patients needing access to treatment.
Links to lodging across the US for patients to stay during treatment.
Ronald McDonald House
Housing for pediatric patients (under the age of 18 in most locations) and their families during treatment.
Air Charity Network
Free air flights to specialized medical care.
American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Program
Referral, link, or provide volunteer in your area to provide ride to treatment.
http://www.angelflightwest.org (US — West Coast)
http://www.angelflightne.org (US — Northeast)
https://angelflighteast.org (Eastern US)
https://angelflightcentral.org (Central US)
https://angelflightmidatlantic.org (US — Mid-Atlantic)
https://www.angelflightse.org (Southeast US)
http://www.angelflightsc.org (South Central US)
Angel Flight facilitates free air transportation to those in need of medical treatment far from home. Volunteer pilots use their own aircraft and pay for all expenses of each mission they fly. Each Angel Flight program (over 60 nationwide) is independently operated and regionally based. Some specific program links are above.
Flights to treatment in southeast US.
Provides gas cards, train or bus transportation assistance to those traveling in excess of 50 miles to treatment but generally not exceeding 300 miles. Funds are limited.
Air Care Alliance
Offers a list of all nonprofit volunteer flying groups, whether they are members of the Air Care Alliance or not, in the interests of providing all possible help to patients, communities and others with needs.
Available in Amirillo,TX and Charlotte, NC areas, provides oncology patients transportation to and from treatment.
Corporate Angel Network
Help arranging free air transportation for cancer patients traveling to treatment using empty seats on corporate jets.
DAV: Veterans Benefit
Helps more than one million veterans every year connect with the health care, disability, employment, education, and financial benefits. Offers transportation assistance program.
Medicaid Non Emergent Transportation
Medicaid recipients may be eligible for Non emergent medical care transportation to treatment
National Patient Travel Center
The National Patient Travel Center provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help available in the national charitable medical transportation network.
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