• Financial assitance programs

    Asked by trinab72 on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    Financial assitance programs

    My brother just found out that his insurance won't pay for his chemo... i'm having a hard time finding financial assistance programs it's a quagmire of information and dead ends.. does anyone have any advice???

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • carm's Avatar

      Hello, let me direct you to a site that might help you. Go to www.needymeds.org. On the home page in the green horizontal stripe where it has brand name meds or generic meds, look up the chemo and you should be able to find it more affordable. Also on the left side of the home there is a section that reads diagnosis-based assistance and you can find links to financial assistance. I suggest this site to all my patients. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      The hospital social worker might have resources for you as well

      over 5 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Here is a helpful page of links from the Lustgarten Foundation, which deals with pancreatic cancer, but they have a handy list that can be used by anyone. http://www.lustgarten.org/patientmedicalexpenses
      Best wishes to you and your brother.

      If you are still lost, I would try asking locally at the cancer center, or contact the National Cancer Institute to ask www.cancer.gov or the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org

      over 5 years ago
    • little_fut's Avatar

      Medi caid. It's a federally funded program and if you apply and let them know you need chemo, they will accomodate you almost immediately. I got mine within 3 days.

      over 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      good luck to the both of you here's a site I've find very helpful - it has links to organizations that offer aid and other support

      over 5 years ago
    • CherylS@StF's Avatar

      I think there were some great resources listed in the previous answers. A non for profit community hospital treats anyone diagnosed with cancer. They may require some money upfront until some other resources come in but in general patients are not turned away. I am sure you have began the process of medicaid/Social Security Disability Insurance/Social Security Supplemental Income. A social worker can assist you with the beginning process of all of these forms. The oncology dept where the chemotherapy is being given can assist with "Patient Assistance Programs" to find what programs you loved one qualifies for, that can assist anywhere from pain meds, pre chemo antiemetics and the chemo itself. Keep asking those who are in charge of you brother care where you can get a start and eventually someone or many someones should be able to give you insight and contact information to expedite this process. You brother is so very lucky to have you in his corner.

      over 5 years ago

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