• Looking for financial assistance

    Asked by Steph921 on Saturday, September 29, 2012

    Looking for financial assistance

    I'm a single working girl with a mortgage and no savings. I'm out of sick/vacation days and the financial stress is adding to the stress of the cancer. Does anyone have any idea where to start looking for help?

    15 Answers from the Community

    15 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Most larger hospitals have a social worker that will help find resources. Click on the resources link at the top of this page, then go to American Cancer Society, get the number and call them. Explain the situation. They will set up a case for you, look for help and get back. Please understand they don't send you a check, they find places with help. Drug companies that will help with drug expenses, gas co. for gas help, lodging at hope lodges, etc. You can ask for a patient navigator. There are only a few throughout the US. They will look a little deeper for help. I know it's tough, keep looking.
      best of luck to you in your fight!
      greg

      almost 5 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      Hello. This is a foundation for a different type of cancer than you have. However, they have compiled a good list of resources that is general to all cancers. http://www.lustgarten.org/patientmedicalexpenses

      almost 5 years ago
    • Mollie's Avatar
      Mollie

      You can call American cancer society's one eight hundred number and press one. They have a lot of resources for this.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      Your oncologist should be able to help you find the assistance you require. Call the American Cancer Society.. try your county welfare office.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Paw's Avatar
      Paw

      Hello. Ask your employer about accelerated death benefits. It's a benefit that offers you a certain percentage of your life insurance during hardship.

      almost 5 years ago
    • cher598's Avatar
      cher598

      The advice they gave you is very good--I found that Karen 6 WN posts a whole bunch of places to seek help. I don"t know how to get u to her-?--I recieved finacial forms to fill out from the hospitals I went to.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Mollie's Avatar
      Mollie

      Also some of the drug companies give meds for free. Ask you doctor.

      almost 5 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar
      SandiD

      I am so sorry. Like having cancer isn't difficult enough? Definitely get in touch with the Social Worker associated with your oncologist. Ask! Also, look on www.breastcancer.org to see if any info there might help. Good luck to you. Please never give up!

      almost 5 years ago
    • mimom1's Avatar
      mimom1

      Yes - these foundations have helped us with electric,meals on wheels,(also will help w/pet food) grocery shopping, housecleaning, and vouchers for gas expenses and whatever need - it took me 2 months but finally got in touch w/right folks - Patient Advocate.org all aspects of aid -[phone number redacted] - call and give them your info and will assign you a case # and case worker will call you back within a few days - they have been a great help rto us - also - check breakawayfromcancer.com for transport assist and various links. all 211 United Way and they are also very helpful -also 21st Century.org -will give all aspects of help -and also www.cancercopay.org call American Cancer Society and they will give you financial assistance organizations and tell you what to do -[phone number redacted]-and for womrn undegoing chemo, cleaningforareason.org will provide maid service monthly for 3 month at no charge and 50% after that. Hope this helps - God Bless you and Good Luck - It is very hard I know - - There are also companies that will help pay your mortgage and medical -and utilities - check your county electric company, Salvaton Army, LiHeap , and St. Vincent de Paul Society. let me know if you need more info -

      almost 5 years ago
    • mimom1's Avatar
      mimom1

      Yes - these foundations have helped us with electric,meals on wheels,(also will help w/pet food) grocery shopping, housecleaning, and vouchers for gas expenses and whatever need - it took me 2 months but finally got in touch w/right folks - Patient Advocate.org all aspects of aid -[phone number redacted] - call and give them your info and will assign you a case # and case worker will call you back within a few days - they have been a great help rto us - also - check breakawayfromcancer.com for transport assist and various links. all 211 United Way and they are also very helpful -also 21st Century.org -will give all aspects of help -and also www.cancercopay.org call American Cancer Society and they will give you financial assistance organizations and tell you what to do -[phone number redacted]-and for womern undergoing chemo, cleaningforareason.org will provide maid service monthly for 3 month at no charge and 50% after that. Hope this helps - God Bless you and Good Luck - It is very hard I know - - There are also companies that will help pay your mortgage and medical -and utilities - check your county electric company, Salvaton Army, LiHeap , and St. Vincent de Paul Society. let me know if you need more info -

      almost 5 years ago
    • LuvinSis' Avatar
      LuvinSis

      Does your employer offer Short Term Disability (STD) or Long Term Disability (LTD) benefits? Ask HR/Benefits. You can apply for Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI) - it can be a struggle get approved and I don't know the severity of your symptoms/diagnosis. If you've been out of work for a few months and it's anticipated you will be unable to work for at least a year, then you may qualify. The earliest SSDI benefits can begin is 5 full months after the first day of disability (first day you began remaining continually out of work). If you find out you do have STD/LTD benefits from your employer or if you are considering applying for SSDI, feel free to ask me questions. I'm unable to work (non-cancer related, multiple orthopedic problems) but my career was in Disability Benefits (STD/LTD, Life Ins,and SSDI). I'm on WhatsNext as the family member of someone newly diagnosed with cancer but while I'm here I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.

      almost 5 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Hello, the patient advocate is a good source and they are at patientadvocate.org. Many of my patients also go to giveforward.com to raise money to pay their bills. Many philantrophists visit that site looking to donate to a cause for a tax write off. It is free to join and you should check it out. Of course there is needymeds.com to help get medications for free. If you should need additional help, I am an oncology nurse and so I do have other resources in my data base. Best of luck to you, Carm.

      almost 5 years ago
    • mysonslife's Avatar
      mysonslife

      Friends of ours are making our son a fundraiser in 2 weeks. Do you have friends who can organize that for you?
      We are angry cancer is bad enough then it makes you lose all your money. The government really should give people with cancer a free ticket but we also found that if you can't afford bills, etc there is a lot of help out there. It takes time to find it and qualify. Good luck to you and everyone fighting the fight.

      almost 5 years ago
    • fitzkc's Avatar
      fitzkc

      The community has been helpful to me. They provide food, mowing grass, and some cash which came in handy for gas to dr appts. I also called all my bills and told them of my situation and got some of the payments deferred for a few months until I can go back to work. Don't be afraid to ask and you will find lots of folks that have a heart. brenda

      almost 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Here's a link to a site that lists organizations that offer financial assistance https://www.pparx.org/en/prescription_assistance_programs/co-payment_programs#CC

      BTW I received a grant from the Healthwell Foundation (there's a link to the site on the page above) to help cover the co-pays for neupogen ($135 per shot, I need 3 each cycle.)

      almost 5 years ago

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