Experiences with Health insurance issue

When you are diagnosed with cancer, health insurance and money issues are not the first thing you worry about. Many people initially ignore insurance issues because they are focused on getting treatment and fighting their cancer. However, insurance problems are common and will not go away. There are an endless amount of questions when dealing with health care insurance. For example, “What if my insurance will not cover routine tests?”, “How will COBRA help?”, “What if I do not have insurance?”, “What if I am self-employed with cancer?”, and maybe “How can I raise money to cover medical costs?”.

WhatNexter’s provide a few simple tips: work out a payment plan with your doctor from the start, keep records of all insurance transactions, check and double-check receipts, obtain a substantial amount of insurance information including coverages, out-of-pocket costs, and co-payments, try to stay in network, and if you have questions consider asking for a case manager (a free service). For more information on managing health insurance when you have cancer, keeping insurance records, paying medical bills, claim denials, COBRA, HIPAA, FMLA, ACA, ADA, and options for the uninsured, read the American Cancer Society’s detailed guide. Also, read about the health insurance issues other cancer patients have experienced and get firsthand insights below.

Don't forget to view our guide on How to talk to your insurance company.

    • Jim2017
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cell L...
    18 days ago
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    Health insurance issue

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    Oncologist did not take insurance and then went on three week vacation

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    • Branny_7
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Stoma...
    3 months ago
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    Health insurance issue

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    After many months of fighting with my doctors to get a diagnosis at Kaiser I learned that my treatment was limited to only their fac...

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    • Frawggy
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colore...
    5 months ago
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    Health insurance issue

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    Lost my insurance and my job 10/1/2016

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    • Jacrnich
    • Experience with Lymphoma, Lung Cancer
    5 months ago
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    Health insurance issue

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    They are denying a PET scan and my friend is at stage 3. WHY?

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    • jkm55rn
    • Experience with High-Grade Astrocytoma...
    7 months ago
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    Health insurance issue

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    It took 10 days to figure out which insurance would pay for the Temodar.

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    • megjar
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) C...
    7 months ago
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    Health insurance issue

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    Wanted to go to one doctor but my health insurance didn't cover them. Went out of town for treatment because I wanted the best and ...

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  1. 8 months ago
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    Health insurance issue

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    Didn't realize how serious it was until my PCP said to me, "Do not leave this office today without knowing how serious this is."

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    • Lorieann
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian...
    10 months ago
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    Health insurance issue

    Oh No

    Belly extended, lots of pain.

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  2. 10 months ago
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    Health insurance issue

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    changed jobs and new insurer won't look into the issue

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  3. 10 months ago
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    Health insurance issue

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    thanks NEA (teachers) insurance for only paying for 1 hospital stay instead of the 3 we needed.

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  4. 10 months ago
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    Health insurance issue

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    On Jan 4th I had waited long enough to seek medical attention for an ongoing medical problem i had been having for over 6 months (ir...

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    • ogaria
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in sit...
    11 months ago
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    Health insurance issue

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    Then the 2016 happened and the insurance rules change. In the Houston area, there is no longer any individual PPO. My hospital or ...

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