VSPI and RobertsReview
"HELP FOR CANCER VICTIM'S"
Cancer patients without insurance or who
need additional financial help can now turn to a number of other
resources via this page.
In addition to VSPI's
popular new, government approved viatical
settlement program that can provide patients and families with funds
that never need to be
repaid, below are a number of government and privately
sponsored programs that help patients. They are supported by
voluntary organizations, drug companies, hospitals, and corporations,
and can help reduce costs of services to cancer patients and their
families by providing everything from financial and housing help to
transportation and medical care.
has developed an exhaustive list
of these resources for the benefit of
our visitors and their families. If you find this list helpful,
please advise others of this web address: http://robertsreview.com/financial_help.html
If you are aware of other programs that
help cancer patients meet their challenges, please email
us and let us so we can share them
with other patients and
families that visit RobertsReview.
League of humanitarian flying organizations dedicated to community
service. Links to nationwide listings of organizations that provide
transport for patients and sometimes family members needing to get
Local ACS offices
sometimes offer reimbursement for expenses related tocancer treatment, including
transportation, medicine, and medical supplies. This varies by office.
To locate your local ACS office call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit the web
One of the Internet's biggest and best financial help
treatment, BMT news can refer you to
not-for-profit organizations and attorneys who may be able to help
Health Care Policy and Advocacy Section
Info on health
insurance and financial issues, including a section entitled What To
Do If You Aren't Insured Or Are About To Lose Your Insurance.
Childhood Cancer Foundation (CCCF)
services, CCCF provides emergency funds, summer camps,
transportation for families of children with cancer.
for Medicare and Medicaid -
(Formally: Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA)
is the governmental organization that administers the Medicare,
Medicaid and Child Health Insurance programs. The web site offers
information about these programs and other projects that may be of
help to cancer patients.
Organ Transplant Center
Voluntary health charity
providing financial and planning assistance to transplant-needy
persons and their families.
Corporate Angel Network, a
not-for-profit organization, provides free plane transportation for
cancer patients going to/from recognized cancer treatment centers by
using empty seats aboard corporate aircraft operating on business
the Dream free program for families facing serious illness
offers recreational activities for children and adults, and the
opportunity for families in the South Eastern U.S. to informally
talk together about their similar situations in discussion groups
facilitated by counselors
Plus" A YWCA Program
Designed to eliminate
inequalities in health care experienced by many women by removing
barriers to access and promoting effective
education, referral to clinical services and support systems.
-- Funeral Consumers Alliance
information regarding funeral planning, burial, cemeteries, consumer
protections and regional referrals.
cost medical services to persons who are uninsured and underinsured
if they meet certain eligibility criteria. It is
a program through which hospitals receive construction funds from
the Federal Government in exchange for providing some services to
people who cannot afford to pay for hospitalization. Information
about which facilities are part of this program is available by
calling the toll-free number below or visiting the Web site. A
brochure about the program is available in Spanish. Telephone:
Cancer related medical costs
not covered by insurance policies sometimes can be deducted from
annual income before taxes. Your local IRS office, tax consultants,
or certified public accountants can help you determine this.
Society of America
Provides information and
financial aid to patients who have leukemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma,
Hodgkin's disease, or multiple myeloma.
Society (LLS) offers information and financial aid to patients
who have leukemia, non-Hodgkin's
disease, or multiple
myeloma. Callers may request a booklet describing LLS's Patient
Aid Program or the telephone number for their local LLS office. Some
publications are available in Spanish.
- Telephone: 18009554572
(Medical Assistance) a jointly funded, Federal-State health
insurance program for people who need financial assistance for
medical expenses, is coordinated by the Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services (CMS), formerly the Health Care Financing
Administration. At a minimum, states must provide home care services
to people who receive Federal income assistance such as Social
Security Income and Aid to Families with Dependent Children.
Medicaid coverage includes part-time nursing,
home care aide services, and medical
supplies and equipment. Information about coverage is available from
local state welfare offices, state health departments, state social
services agencies, or the state Medicaid office. Check the local
telephone directory for the number to call. Information about specific
state contacts is also available on the Web site listed below.
Spanish-speaking staff are available in some offices.
- a Federal health insurance program also administered by CMS.
Eligible individuals include those 65 or older, people of any age
with permanent kidney failure, and disabled people under 65.
Medicare may offer reimbursement for some home care services. Cancer
patients who qualify for Medicare also may be eligible for coverage
services if they are accepted into a Medicare-certified hospice
program. To receive information on eligibility, explanations of
coverage, and related publications, call Medicare at the number
listed below or visit their Web site. Some publications are
available in Spanish. Toll-free: 18006334227 (1800MEDICARE)
TTY (for deaf and hard of hearing callers): 18774862048
Association of Hospitality Houses, Inc.
typically provide lodging for families of hospital patients and/or
Overviews types of assistance
that patients may be eligible for.
Foundation for Transplants
National Foundation for
Transplants helps transplant patients nationwide - bone marrow, stem
cell and cord blood patients as well as solid organ transplant
patients - overcome financial barriers to a second chance a life.
Patient Air Transportation Hotline
Provides information on free
transporation for ill patients, information for health care
professionals and volunteer pilots.
Patient Assistance Programs
Many pharmaceutical companies
have special programs to assist people who can't afford to buy the
drugs they need. This site lists the programs.
- The Patient
Advocate Foundation is a national nonprofit organization
that provides education, legal counseling, and referrals to cancer
patients and survivors concerning managed care, insurance, financial
issues, job discrimination, and debt crisis matters.
- Telephone: 18005325274
- Patient Assistance Programs are
offered by some pharmaceutical manufacturers to help pay for
medications. To learn whether a specific drug might be available at
reduced cost through such a program, talk with a physician or a
medical social worker.
Security Administration (SSA) is the Government agency that
oversees Social Security and Supplemental Security Income. A
description of each of these programs follows. More information
about these and other SSA programs is available by calling the
toll-free number listed below. Spanish-speaking staff are available.
Social Security provides a monthly income for eligible
elderly and disabled individuals. Information on eligibility,
coverage, and how to apply for benefits is available from the Social
- Telephone: 18007721213
- TTY (for deaf and hard of hearing
Security Income (SSI) supplements Social Security payments
for individuals who have certain income and resource levels.
SSI is administered by the Social Security Administration.
Information on eligibility, coverage, and how to file a claim is
available from the Social Security Administration.
Childrens Health Insurance Program Federal-State
partnership offers low-cost or free health insurance coverage to
uninsured children of low-wage, working parents. Callers will be
referred to the SCHIP program in their state for further
information. Telephone: 18775437669
General Assistance programs provide food, housing, prescription
drugs, and other medical expenses for those who are not eligible for
other programs. Funds are often limited. Information can be obtained
by contacting your state or local Department of Social Services;
this number is found in the local telephone directory.
Benefits: Eligible veterans and their dependents may receive
cancer treatment at a Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Treatment for service-connected conditions is provided, and
treatment for other conditions may be available based on the
veteran's financial need. Some publications are available in
Spanish. Spanish-speaking staff are available in some offices.
If you are aware of other programs that
help cancer patients meet their financial or treatment challenges,
us so we can share them with other patients and families at www.RobertsReview.com.