What are some financial help resources for people with cancer?


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Financial resources for people with cancer include public government programs, private programs and church, civic, social and fraternal groups in the community, according to the American Cancer Society. It is important that patients talk to their health care providers about financial issues and the need for assistance. Providers can refer patients to social workers or other counselors who can find available assistance programs and help patients apply, says the Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition.

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Disability benefits are one resource for people with cancer, claims the American Cancer Society. Cancer patients may qualify for long-term disability benefits through their employers. People who have worked and contributed to Social Security may qualify for Social Security Disability Income. Low-income patients may also qualify for Supplemental Security Income. Contact the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213 for information about program benefits and how to apply, as of 2015.

There are also many private organizations that provide financial assistance and co-pay assistance for cancer patients. The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition is made up of 14 financial assistance organizations. The coalition’s website, at CancerFac.org, has a database of local and national organizations to help cancer patients find financial assistance. Organizations include the Patient Access Network Foundation, which provides funds between $500 and $23,000 for insured patients to pay for out-of-pocket costs.

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