• Self employed and have no insurance. Having to deal with county healthcare benefit eligibility.

    Asked by MarcM on Monday, November 21, 2011

    Self employed and have no insurance. Having to deal with county healthcare benefit eligibility.

    Wife and I own a small franchise 3 years old, still not making any profit. Ran out of capital, living day to day off cash receipts. Was approved for "pending" 60 day coverage and learned of treatment plan this week...concurrent chemo/radiation...which will last 45 days in total but pending coverage ends in 20 days. I have supplied county with needed info to make final eligibility decision. I don't think they will drop me at this point but would like to know if I have any options.

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    • mamajltc's Avatar

      Please call the American Cancer Society and any local agencies. They have a wealth of resources. Speak with the financial dept. at the hospital as well as Human Resourses, and if there is a social worker-speak with him or her. Cancercare.com has a wealth of info. Also, please do a search for financial assistance for cancer patients...you will find agencies both local and national. Also, a search which is more specific (ie: financial assistance for lung cancer patients), may find agencies which are more specific for your illness. You may also want to speak with your local religious or town affiliation as well as any of the people who you owe money to, and they may be able to help as well (example...our local electric company has a program to help those in need). Good Luck!!! And know that you are not alone!

      over 9 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      [phone number redacted] is the number to American Cancer society. Call and explain your situation. They have resources to help. I have called the number myself, someone will start a file on you, give you numbers to call and start trying to help you. It takes a little time to get things arranged so call quick. I too am a small business owner, I understand where you are at, I am standing right beside you. I don't have the money to take care of these expenses, and I have partial medical coverage. Everyone thinks that if you have a business you must be rich! Good luck to you!!

      over 9 years ago
    • collinsb01's Avatar

      Check with medical provider about charity care. If you will be disabled for a while, apply for SSI benefits. My hospital's social service was a big help with this. But my problem is that I still have no insurance.

      over 9 years ago
    • KarenG_WN's Avatar

      We recently ran a blog post on dealing with the costs of cancer. here is the link: http://blog.whatnext.com/blog/peer-perspectives/9-tips-for-dealing-with-the-financials-of-cancer

      There are a lot of ideas in here that might be able to help.

      Please keep us posted.

      over 9 years ago
    • gdytko's Avatar


      about 9 years ago

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