• whats next?

    Asked by jesssuter on Monday, May 20, 2013

    whats next?

    lost job lost insurance what am i supposed to do now? cant get unemployment denied disability im sure im not the first person cancer has destroyed made it through chemo and radiation but now I don't know? I need a pet scan to determine status of cancer but no insurance or income HELP

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    • carm's Avatar

      Let me direct you to a site that will help you with valuable resources. It will also get those much needed scans for you.
      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 7 years ago
    • jesssuter's Avatar

      Thanks for your quick response. That is indeed a great website. My biggest problem is income or lack of it. I have paid into Federal and State systems for over 40 years and when it's my turn to need something I don't qualify? I have used my saving and took a hardship on what was left of my 401K and am running out of things to sell to survive. At this point of the whole cancerville experience, I am truly lost.

      over 7 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar

      I am so sorry for all you are going through...I am wondering if the cancer center where you received treatment has a social service department...I would make an appt. to talk with one of the social workers and have her review your situation....if you lost your job you should be entitled to some unemployment and, although applying for disability is a lengthy process, I have seen patients who were initially denied have their cases reviewed and approved once they had input from their social worker...all this takes time and meanwhile your savings are disappearing...I am sending you positive thoughts and prayers that you get some good news soon. God bless!

      over 7 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      As to finances, at least know that you are not alone.

      I don't know what to do either. The bank is trying to take my home.

      Take heart, however, in that I am free of cancer.

      So, I hope, are you.

      over 7 years ago
    • raysmom's Avatar

      My son has a county health plan and I found out that it does NOT pay for ANY cancer treatment. I have found several organizations and resources through research. Please check out the "HELPFUL WEBSITES" on my blog and feel free to share it: http://raymondmysunshinesmom2013.blogspot.com/

      over 7 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      Also look into faith-based Charities. Many do not care if you are a member of that religion. They can help with small things also I got some free equipment ( walker) and help with perscriptions not covered by insurance. Also faith based Charities helped me find a job this was before cancer. Next don't give up on Disability. There are Legal Services that can help you.

      over 7 years ago
    • Schlegel's Avatar

      Regarding your disability, see a lawyer. Something like 80% are turned down on their first try. Be sure you see one who regularly does Social Security. Were you fired or you unable to work? If the former, and there was no good reason, again see a lawyer who does employment law. You may be able some financial assistance from your particular type of cancer organization. For example the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society helps with insurance premiums and co-pays.

      over 7 years ago

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