Resources for Financial Assistance
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY 1-800-227-2345 www.cancer.org
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. The American Cancer Society has more than two million volunteers nationwide, and is one of the oldest and largest voluntary health agencies in the United States. They also offer a Cancer Resource Network, designed to provide programs and services (including financial resources) to cancer patients and their caregivers.
BREAST CANCER EMERGENCY AID FOUNDATION 203-505-5796 [email protected]
Provides financial assistance to breast cancer patients in active treatment.
PO Box 616, Westport, CT 06881
CANCER CARE 1-800-813-4673 www.cancercare.org
Cancer Care is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1944. It provides free, professional support services to people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. Programs include counseling, support groups, educational workshops, and financial assistance. Professional oncology social workers provide these services free of charge.
CANCERCARE CO-PAYMENT ASSISTANCE FOUNDATION
The Cancer Care Co-Payment Assistance Foundation, established in 2007, is a not-for-profit organization to address the needs of patients who cannot afford their insurance co-payments of medications for treating cancer. Affiliated with CancerCare, it is a national not-for-profit organization that has provided free professional support services including counseling, education, and financial assistance.
CHRONIC DISEASE FUND 1-877-968-7233 www.cdfund.org
Established in 2003, Chronic Disease Fund (CDF) is an independent, non-profit 501(c)3 organization. CDF provides financial assistance to underinsured patients diagnosed with chronic or life-altering disease that requires the use of specialty therapeutics.
CONNECTICUT BREAST CANCER COALITION FOUNDATION 1-860-984-6215 [email protected]
Financial Support to women undergoing treatment for Breast Cancer.
PO Box 1721, Litchfield, CT 06759
CONNECTICUT SPORTS FOUNDATION 1-860-388-0788
Financial Assistance for all Cancer diagnoses.
455 Boston Post Road, Suite 203-B, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
THE HEALTHWELL FOUNDATION 1-800-675-8416 www.healthwellfoundation.org
The Healthwell Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to underinsured patients living with chronic or life-threatening diseases such as cancer, asthma, & autoimmune disorders. The Foundation helps eligible individuals afford their out-of-pocket costs for prescription drug copayments, coinsurance, deductibles and healthcare premiums.
HELPTOUCHHEAL 203-345-7847 www.HELPtouchHeal.org
Provides volunteer help with various household chores (light house work, cooking, shopping, cleaning, etc.) provided by volunteers free of charge.
HOPE DISPENSARY OF GREATER BRIDGEPORT 203-332-5653 www.Hopedispensarybridgeport.org
Medication Assistance for those uninsured or unable to afford co pays.
752 East Main Street #170, Bridgeport, CT 06608
THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY 1-800-955-4572 [email protected] www.lls.org
Dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education & patient services, LLS offers a variety of services & programs in support of the mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. LLS also offers financial reimbursement for some medications, transportation & procedures for those in need. It also offers financial support towards the cost of co-pays for prescription drugs and/or insurance premiums through its Co-Pay Assistance Program. For more information on LLS programs or to be connected with our chapters, contact The Information Resource Center (IRC). The IRC provides accurate, up-to-date disease & treatment information. Our information specialists are master’s level social workers & health educators. They are available to speak with callers Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. LLS has also produced a panel discussion entitled Cancer & Your Finances.
THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY’S CO-PAY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
This program helps patients meet their health insurance, Medicare Part B or D, Medicare Supplement, or Medicare Advantage premiums or co-payment obligations. Household income must be at or within 500% of the U.S. federal poverty guidelines for people living in the United States & Puerto Rico. A list of covered diagnoses may be found on their website. You may call or email your request for a Co-Pay Specialist to contact you regarding the program at [email protected].
LYMPHOMA RESEARCH FOUNDATION NEW YORK 1-800-235-6848 www.lymphoma.org
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation’s largest lymphoma-focused voluntary health organization devoted exclusively to funding lymphoma research & providing patients & health care professionals with critical information on the disease. LRF’s mission is to eradicate lymphoma & serve those touched by this disease. LRF offers a limited financial assistance program for uninsured & underinsured lymphoma patients undergoing treatment. LRF may be able to pay a portion of patients’ medical bills to the doctor or hospital. Offers a free helpline and information service for referrals to financial assistance programs, legal & insurance help.
THE MAX FOUNDATION 1-888-462-9368 www.themaxfoundation.org
The Max Foundation is a US-based international non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with blood cancer & rare cancers. It focuses attention on assisting disadvantaged populations in developing countries & elsewhere, including the U.S. & provides free services of advocacy, emotional support, informational referrals & help find emergency funding. Through a highly dedicated team of US-based & local advocates based in targeted countries, families receive personalized support services.
NATIONAL MARROW DONOR PROGRAM 1-888-999-6743 www.marrow.org
The NMDP Office of Patient Advocacy (OPA) is available to help patients & their families from diagnosis through survivorship with information & support services related to blood & marrow transplant. Personal telephone counseling & education, resource materials & patient financial assistance are available. OPA case managers can provide support related to insurance coverage issues & discuss potential financial resources. You may call 1-888-999-6743 or email [email protected] to speak to a case manager . The OPA offers financial aid programs (Search Assistance Funds, Transplant Support Assistance Funds, AirCares through Northwest Airlines) to help patients in need of a bone marrow or cord blood transplant. Patients are only eligible if they are using the NMDP Registry for their donor or cord blood. Eligible patients must apply through their NMDP affiliated transplant center—applications are not accepted directly from patients. Additionally, OPA offers the following resources: Your Finance and Insurance Matters and Your Rights and Benefits.
THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR RARE DISORDERS (NORD)
1-800-999-6673 (voicemail only) www.rarediseases.org
The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), a 501(c)3 organization, is a unique federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare “orphan” diseases & assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, & cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, & service. NORD provides an RN and a genetic counselor that are available to answer questions at [email protected] & [email protected].
This organization assists uninsured or under-insured individuals in securing life-saving or life-sustaining medications. Offers assistance for the following specific conditions: Bladder Cancer, Hodgkin ’s disease, Multiple Myeloma, & Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma.
PARTNER FOR PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE (PPA) 1-888-477-2669 www.pparx.org
Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies, includes assistance for the uninsured.
PATIENT ACCESS NETWORK FOUNDATION 1-866-316-7263 www.panfoundation.org
Founded in 2004, PAN is an independent, not-for-profit organization & provides hope to patients & their families & helps ensure that patients can consistently follow prescribed treatment plans. Through a simple application process, PAN provides co-payment assistance to patients who have insurance, but lack the means to pay for out-of-pocket costs for their medications or infusions. PAN’s professional, compassionate case managers help patients & advocates throughout the U.S. & U.S. territories access needed treatments for specific disease state funds.
PATIENT ADVOCATE FOUNDATION’S CO-PAY RELIEF PROGRAM 1-866-512-3861 www.copays.org
The Patient Advocate Foundation provides direct co-payment assistance for pharmaceutical products to insured patients (including Medicare Part D beneficiaries) who financially and medically qualify. Assistance is offered for the following conditions: Breast cancer, Colon cancer, Kidney cancer, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Malignant Brain Tumors, Pancreatic cancer, Prostate cancer, Sarcoma & secondary issues as a result of cancer treatment.
PATIENT SERVICES INCORPORATED 1-800-366-7741 www.uneedpsi.org
PSI is the “ground breaking” 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization of its kind. For nearly two decades, PSI has helped people who live with certain chronic illnesses or conditions locate suitable health insurance coverage & access ways to satisfy expensive co-payments. PSI provides assistance with the cost of health insurance premiums associated with COBRAs, State High Risk Pools, open enrollment, guaranteed issue policies, HIPAA conversion policies, & prescriptions co-payments associated with private insurance & Medicare Parts B & D. They also offer A Patient’s Guide to Medicare Part D.
THE SARCOMA ALLIANCE 1-415-381-7236 www.sarcomaalliance.org/assistance.html
The Sarcoma Alliance strives to extend & improve the lives of sarcoma patients through accurate diagnosis, improved access to care, education, & support. The Alliance’s Suzanne R. Leider Memorial Assistance Fund program helps sarcoma patients with costs associated with obtaining a second opinion from sarcoma specialists across the United States. Eligible expenses include travel, hotel, meals, professional fees & testing.
ST. VINCENT’S MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION
SWIM ACROSS THE SOUND 203-576-6158 www.swimacrossthesound.org
2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06606
Betsy Rice, RNC, CBCN, Manager of Oncology Operations
TAKE A SWING AT CANCER, INC. 1-781-690-0350
PO Box 5245, Framingham, MA 01701–5245.
Our goal is to ease the financial burden placed on families by offering alternative funding to assist with the expenses not covered by traditional insurance.