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Financial Support

Financial Support Programs Directory

The following Government Foundations and Nonprofit Organizations provide financial assistance for patients with cancer.

  • American Cancer Society

    800-227-2345

    The American Cancer Society has programs and services to help patients with cancer and their loved ones understand cancer, manage their lives through treatment and recovery, and identify resources for patients who need financial assistance.

    American Childhood Cancer Organization

    855-858-2226

    The American Childhood Cancer Organization provides programs, information, and awareness for children and adolescents with cancer and their families, to advocate for their needs, and to support research so every child survives and leads a long and healthy life.

    The Assistance Fund

    855-845-3663

    The Assistance Fund (TAF) is an independent charitable patient assistance foundation that helps patients and families facing high medical out-of-pocket costs by providing financial assistance for their copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, and other health-related expenses. TAF currently manages more than 30 funds—each of which covers the FDA-approved medications that treat a specific disease, such as melanoma, breast cancer, head and neck cancer, lung cancer, and others, depending on funds available. Since its founding in 2009, TAF has helped more than 43,000 adults and children access the medicines they need to stay healthy or manage a chronic condition.

    Be The Match Patient Assistance Programs

    888-999-6743

    These programs provide financial assistance for patients with multiple myeloma or lymphoma

    These programs help patients needing an unrelated donor for a bone marrow or cord blood transplant. The funds pay for costs (including copays) not covered by insurance that may accumulate while searching for a donor and for 12 months after a transplant. Financial aid recipients must meet certain financial eligibility criteria.

    The Bone Marrow Foundation

    800-365-1336

    This foundation provides financial assistance for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma

    This foundation offers 2 financial assistance programs for patients in need of a bone marrow transplant. The Lifeline Fund covers costs associated with a transplant, including copays, medical treatment, and a variety of living and travel expenses, and the Scholarship Fund assists students who have undergone a transplant, are enrolled or enrolling in a primary, secondary, or college-level school, and whose annual household income is less than $55,000. Funding helps cover tuition, supplies, and educational homebound equipment.

    CancerCare

    800-813-4673

    CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free professional support services to patients with cancer and their caregivers. CancerCare’s financial assistance programs provide limited financial assistance for cancer-related costs. The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation helps patients afford insurance copayments for chemotherapy and targeted treatments.

    CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation

    866-552-6729

    This foundation provides financial assistance for patients with breast, brain, lung, multiple myeloma, pancreatic, or thyroid cancer

    The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation helps with insurance copayments to cover the cost of chemotherapy and targeted drugs associated with various cancers. Eligible patients must be undergoing chemotherapy or be prescribed a targeted drug; be covered by private insurance, by an employer health plan, or by Medicare Part B, C, or D; and have an adjusted gross income of up to 4 times the federal poverty level.

    Cancer Support Community

    888-793-9355

    The Cancer Support Community is an international nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing social and emotional support, education, and hope to individuals affected by cancer. The Cancer Support Community offers a menu of personalized services and education. These support services are available through a network of professionally led, community-based centers, hospitals, community oncology practices, and online resources.

    Emilio Nares Foundation

    877-507-7788

    Through its numerous, dependable services, the Emilio Nares Foundation helps direct families through their child’s journey with cancer, and supports each child’s recovery. Services offered by the Emilio Nares Foundation include financial aid, access to information and trained staff members in the resource center, and the foundation’s flagship program, Ride With Emilio, which offers underprivileged children and their parents transportation assistance in getting to and from the hospital for cancer-related appointments.

    Good Days

    877-968-7233

    This foundation provides financial assistance for patients with breast, colorectal, leukemia, liver, lung, lymphoma, melanoma, multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, pancreatic, or thyroid cancer

    Good Days provides assistance to underinsured patients who are diagnosed with chronic or life-altering diseases (including cancer) so that they get access to the medications they need.

    Headstrong Foundation

    610-461-5987

    This foundation provides financial assistance for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma

    Patients who are experiencing financial hardship and are undergoing treatment for leukemia at the time of application are eligible to receive a grant for up to $750, to help offset living expenses, and travel-related expenses due to disease and/or medical expenses.

    HealthWell Foundation

    800-675-8416

    This foundation provides financial assistance for patients with NETs, head and neck, or lung cancer, and for cancer-related medication side effects

    The HealthWell Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to cover coinsurance, copayments, healthcare premiums, and deductibles for certain medications and therapies.

    Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

    800-955-4572

    This foundation provides financial assistance for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, or myelodysplastic syndromes

    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s patient financial support programs provide limited financial assistance (including financial support toward treatment-related copayments, insurance premium costs, and travel expenses) to patients with significant financial need who are diagnosed with a blood cancer, such as leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma.

    National Children’s Cancer Society

    314-241-1600

    The National Children’s Cancer Society seeks to improve the quality of life for children with cancer, their families, and survivors by providing financial assistance, advocacy, support services, and education.

    National Foundation for Transplants

    800-489-3863

    The National Foundation for Transplants provides fundraising assistance for patients who need organ and/or tissue transplants, including bone marrow and stem-cell transplants.

    National Organization for Rare Disorders

    800-999-6673

    The National Organization for Rare Disorders is dedicated to helping patients with rare diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. The organization offers financial assistance programs that provide medication, financial assistance with insurance premiums and copays, diagnostic testing assistance, and travel assistance for clinical trials or consultation with disease specialists.

    NeedyMeds

    800-503-6897

    NeedyMeds, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is an information resource on available patient assistance programs that help individuals who cannot afford medications or other healthcare costs.

    Partnership for Prescription Assistance

    The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medication they need by connecting them to patient assistance programs. This organization offers access to more than 475 public and private patient support programs, including 200 financial support programs from biopharmaceutical companies.

    Patient Access Network Foundation

    866-316-7263

    This foundation provides advocacy and financial assistance for patients with breast, colorectal, kidney, leukemia, lung, lymphoma, melanoma, multiple myeloma, myelofibrosis, NETs, pancreatic, polycythemia vera, prostate, skin, or thyroid cancer, and for cancer-related medication side effects

    The Patient Access Network Foundation provides advocacy and financial support for out-of-pocket costs associated with a wide range of medications to treat a number of chronic, rare, or life-threatening conditions, including cancer.

    Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program

    866-512-3861

    This foundation provides financial assistance for patients with breast, bladder, cervical, colorectal, kidney, gastric, multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, ovarian, prostate, or lung cancer

    The Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program provides direct financial support to financially and medically eligible patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries. These may include out-of-pocket costs associated with healthcare insurance copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles.

    Patient Services, Inc

    800-366-7741

    This organization provides financial assistance for patients with leukemia, multiple myeloma, GIST, or kidney cancer

    Patient Services, Inc is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing health insurance premium assistance, pharmacy copayment assistance, and copayment waiver assistance for patients with chronic illnesses, including several types of cancer.

    Rx Outreach

    888-796-1234

    Rx Outreach is a nonprofit pharmacy that provides access to affordable medications. Rx Outreach offers more than 600 medications through its mail-order pharmacy to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

  • BenefitsCheckUp (National Council on Aging)

    BenefitsCheckUp helps individuals aged >55 years find support programs that may cover some of their prescription drug costs and other healthcare expenses.

    Compassionate Allowances (Social Security Administration)

    800-772-1213

    Social Security provides benefits to patients with serious medical conditions that meet disability standards. Com-passionate Allowances is a means for Social Security to quickly identify medical conditions that qualify for benefits under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal objective medical information and target them for allowances.

    Extra Help (Social Security Administration)

    800-772-1213

    Extra Help is a Social Security program that provides financial assistance to eligible Medicare beneficiaries with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs, such as monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription copays. Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 annually. To be eligible for Extra Help, an individual must receive Medicare, have limited resources and income, and reside in 1 of the 50 states or in the District of Columbia.

    Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (Office of Rare Diseases Research, National Institutes of Health)

    888-205-2311

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Rare Dis-eases Research maintains an online resource that provides links to several support services, including support and advocacy organizations, financial aid for medical treatment, travel and lodging assistance, and fee-for-service ambulance services.

    Hill-Burton Free and Reduced-Cost Health Care (Health Resources & Services Administration)

    800-638-0742
    800-492-0359 in Maryland

    As mandated by the Hill-Burton Act, about 140 healthcare facilities nationwide provide free or reduced-cost care for patients who are unable to pay and to make their services available to all persons residing in the facility’s area. Patients are eligible to apply for Hill-Burton free care if their income is at or below the current Health & Human Services (HHS) Poverty Guidelines, and for reduced-cost care if their income is ≤2 times the HHS Poverty Guidelines.

    National Cancer Institute: Organizations That Offer Support Services

    800-422-6237

    The NIH maintains a database of government agencies and national organizations that provide financial assistance to patients with cancer and their families. In addition, it provides information about patient assistance programs.

    National Council on Patient Information and Education: Understanding Prescription Assistance Programs

    301-340-3940

    The National Council on Patient Information and Education is a nonprofit multistakeholder coalition that is involved in communicating information on prescription assistance programs to consumers and healthcare professionals.

Last modified: March 22, 2018

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