THE FINANCIAL STRESS OF APC
GET HELP WITH COSTS
Insurance plans usually cover most major costs, like doctor appointments, hospital stays, tests, and procedures. However, they may not cover all treatments. You may also have other expenses like traveling to treatment centers or the loss of income from having to miss work for you or your family member.
Many hospitals have case managers or social workers to help deal with emotional and financial issues. Doctors and nurses can also provide referrals to a number of support services and financial resources.
Local and national service organizations and government assistance programs may offer grants to help pay for some services or medications. You’ll find some of these in the links that follow.
USE THESE RESOURCES TO FIND ACCREDITED GROUPS OFFERING FINANCIAL ADVICE AND SERVICES
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
ASCO’s patient information website (Cancer.Net) brings the expertise and resources of ASCO to people living with cancer and those who care for and care about them. The website includes financial advice and links to resources.
The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (CFAC)
A group of national organizations that provide financial help to patients. CFAC provides a searchable database of financial resources.
The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation
A not-for-profit organization to address the needs of individuals who cannot afford their insurance co-payments to cover the cost of medications for treating cancer.
Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation
Provides financial assistance for more than 50 disease states and conditions. PAN has provided travel assistance to men with advanced prostate cancer. www.panfoundation.org
Government resources include Medicare Extra Help and Medicare Savings Program, which help pay premiums, deductibles, and co-pays for those with limited income.
Mental And Emotional Health
Stress and APC
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Financial Stress and APC
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