• Support after treatment: the bills keep piling up

    Asked by syed786 on Monday, May 13, 2013

    Support after treatment: the bills keep piling up

    Hi everyone I just joined this community and I hope my question isn't irrelevant. During the early part of my treatment (which included my surgery and other expensive stuff), I had a very cheap/insufficient insurance plan and so even after being in the clear for the past 9 months, new/overlooked medical bills keep on popping in the mail. I already tried livestrong. Is there someother charity or support organization/group that can help me? My immediate family lives abroad. I'm a 27 years old grad. student and there's only so much I can put on installment plans.

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Hello and welcome! Here is a link to our "Beginner's Guide to Cancer" it has an individual guide to dealing with finances and has some help in it. http://bit.ly/10BQKCi Also click on the resources link at the right of the purple bar at the top of the page. This link is zip code specific so it will bring back several resources in your area. Also, click on the American Cancer Society link and get a file going with them, they will research what is available for you in your area that they have access to. This is a start, I know others will have more help for you.

      over 3 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I completely understand w/the bills coming out of the woodwork. I know that my hospital has resubmitted the same bill to insurance something like 8 times. Changing little things here and there. And I work for the insurance company! So I can see it. Good luck -- I would have suggested the same thing Greg did, so I don't have anything else to add.

      And there really isn't such a thing as an irrelevant question here. We use this site to ask questions, give updates, and even vent. I believe the very first question I asked here was whether my cat would get sick from licking while I was on chemo, as she likes to groom me. So you can see I ask "silly" questions... We've even had a round of such things as what's your favorite movie or Christmas carol. (We need to throw in an occasional off the wall question -- usually courtesy of @ticklingcancer.com.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      This is a valuable website that I recommend to all my patients. It is called NeedyMeds. This link will take you to the home page. Running across the page, there is a horizontal green stripe about 2 inches from the top. Within that green stripe you will see Brand Name Drugs, Generic Name Drugs, Coupons, Rebates & More, Free Clinics and Clinical Trials. You will find your medications on either the brand or generic name tabs. Also check out the section on the left side of the home page that says Diagnosis-Based Assistance under the second section labeled "Additional Resources." Here, when you click on that link it will take you to a page and half way down highlighted in blue will be "Diagnosis List." Click on that and then in Blue you will see the alphabet in blue, click on "C" and then the first on the list is Cancer-All; click on that. This will take you to a page that lists National and local resources. Usually National organizations are listed first and look in the column to see the resource they provide. Then scroll down to your state and look at the local resources. When you see one that interests you, just click on the name and it will tell you what they offer and also give a link to that resources website. Don't forget to look at all the drugs you take by brand or generic name to see what coupons you can get; this includes pain meds and chemotherapy. Also look into the Coupons, Rebates & More tabs to find personal care product coupons. On the left there is also a link under the Additional Resources that tells you how to get your scans discounted. This is a wonderful site and I am sure you have many friends who can benefit from it as well.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Welcome to the group. I know what you mean, the bills just start coming out of the woodwork, sometimes months after treatment. Speak with a the billing office and/or a social worker at the center you are being treated at many of them have financial aide programs to help people with the cost of treatment
      I am also positing a link to a website that list contact information for organizations that supply aide and grants for people with cancer and other chronic illness. Good luck

      over 3 years ago
    • syed786's Avatar

      Thanks ya'll for welcoming me. I'll get down to researching the resources suggested. I don't like to owe anyone their money but after a point it seems to become difficult and keeps dragging you down. Thankfully, one thing I've learned from my experience is that money and all is secondary when it comes to life and family. It helps a lot to remind myself and be grateful of the numerous blessings I have been provided.

      over 3 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      Don't forget to go to your local church. They can help with some things though small it helps out. My church helped me get some equipment (walker, shower chair etc) They also helped me pay for medications which were unexpectedly high and not covered by insurance.

      over 3 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear syed786,

      Hi, I'm Aliza, the site's unofficial resident Medical Librarian. You've received some great answers here, but I have another avenue you may want to explore after you've tried the others. BoiseB mentioned your religious community, but following that are the charities that are affiliated with each religion - Catholic Charities, The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services and The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. I'm sure that there are Social Workers at each (I know that there are at the Jewish Board) and certainly there are administrative personnel at the others, if not. It may also be wise to have your clergyperson touch base with them (in case she/he knows a contact person) but you can call them directly and explain your situation. They may be able to be very helpful.

      Wishing you the best,

      over 3 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      I would also like to add that many of the Charities mentioned do not require you to be of that religion (or any religion for that matter) They exist so their members can practice charity and they don't really care what religion the people are they practice on. I have worked with Interfaith Counsels in several different locations and I have found that most religions are willing to help anyone

      over 3 years ago

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