Foundations & Nonprofit Organizations Directory
The following Government Foundations and Nonprofit Organizations provide financial assistance for patients with cancer.
The following foundations and organizations provide financial assistance for patients with cancer. Some programs offer assistance to all patients, and some target patients with specific types of cancer. The first directory lists the general support programs. See page 167 for the directory of programs by a specific type of cancer.
American Cancer Society
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
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
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.
Founded in 1944, CancerCare is a leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. CancerCare provides comprehensive services, including counseling and support groups over the phone, online, and in-person; educational workshops; publications; and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.
CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation
The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation, established in 2007, is a philanthropic arm of CancerCare. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people to pay for their co-payments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment drugs. This critical assistance helps ensure patient access to care and adherence to prescribed treatments.
Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition
The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition is a group of national organizations that provide financial help to patients with cancer. The coalition provides a searchable database of financial resources available to patients in need.
Cancer Hope Network
The Cancer Hope Network provides emotional support to patients affected by cancer, and their caregivers, by connecting those individuals with a support volunteer who has survived cancer. With more than 400 support volunteers, the Cancer Hope Network makes matches based on the specific cancer diagnosis, treatment protocol, and other factors, giving patients an opportunity to speak to a support volunteer whose experience closely mirrors their own.
Emilio Nares Foundation
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 visits.
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.
Patients who are experiencing financial hardship and are undergoing treatment for blood cancer 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.
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.
The LIVESTRONG Foundation provides practical, financial, and support services to anyone affected by cancer, including patients and their caregivers. In addition to connecting people directly with the services they need, the LIVESTRONG Foundation offers support for patients with regard to managing medical costs and difficulties related to insurance.
Medicine Assistance Tool
Medicine Assistance Tool is a search engine designed to help patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers identify financial resources available through various biopharmaceutical industry programs. The database, which is administered by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, includes programs to help patients who need financial support to pay for their medications.
National Children’s Cancer Society
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
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
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, a national nonprofit organization, is an information resource on available patient assistance programs that help individuals who cannot afford medications or other healthcare costs.
Patient Access Network Foundation
This foundation provides advocacy and financial assistance for patients with cancer, and for cancer-related medication side effects. This 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
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
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.
RxAssist, through their Patient Assistance Program Center, provides a comprehensive database of patient assistance programs offered by drug companies, and other resources to manage patients’ medication costs.
RxHope is a web-based patient assistance resource that helps patients obtain free or low-cost prescription medications. RxHope has program descriptions and downloadable applications for prescription drug assistance programs for specific medications.
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.
The Samfund provides direct financial assistance to young adult survivors of cancer. The biannual Samfund Grants Program offers financial support to cancer survivors aged 21 to 39 who meet specific eligibility criteria. This fund also offers free financial education webinars on prescription assistance, financial health, employment after cancer treatment, and health and disability insurance.
This nonprofit organization provides educational materials as well as education about financial management to people with cancer and their caregivers on practical and legal issues that may affect them during and after cancer treatment. Triage Cancer hosts free webinars throughout the year on cancer survivorship. The Triage Cancer Insurance & Financial Intensive, a comprehensive certificate program for healthcare providers and patient advocates, provides valuable information on health and disability insurance and financial management.
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.
Social Security Administration
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.
Social Security Administration
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
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
800-492-0359 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
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.
Last modified: March 6, 2020