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Financial Support

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 this page for the directory of programs by a specific type of 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.

    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, co-insurance, deductibles, and other health-related expenses. TAF currently manages >30 funds—each of which covers medications that treat a specific cancer, depending on funds available.

    CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation

    866-552-6729

    The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation, established in 2007, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people to pay for their copayments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment drugs. This critical assistance helps ensure patient access to care and adherence to prescribed treatments.

    Good Days

    877-968-7233

    Good Days provides financial 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

    544-6425 x301

    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.

    HealthWell Foundation

    800-675-8416

    This independent, nonprofit organization provides financial assistance to patients needing help paying for their co-insurance, copay, and premium payments, with a maximum award level of $10,000. Funds availability varies by month. This foundation provides financial aid to patients with different types of cancer, including acute myeloid leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, mantel-cell lymphoma, and myelodysplastic syndromes. This foundation also provides financial assistance to patients who have Medicare Access and 1 of several types of cancer, including breast cancer, gastric cancer, mantel-cell lymphoma, multiple myeloma, melanoma, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, renal-cell carcinoma, and small-cell lung cancer.

    LIVESTRONG Foundation

    855-220-7777

    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

    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

    This 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 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

    866-316-7263

    This foundation provides advocacy and financial assistance for patients with cancer, and for cancer-related medication side effects. This foundation provides financial support for out-of-pocket costs associated with a wide range of medications to treat many types of cancer.

    Patient Advocate Foundation

    800-532-5274

    The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF), a national nonprofit organization, provides financial aid to individuals with chronic and life-threatening illnesses, including cancer. Professional case managers who are employed by PAF identify and reduce barriers to accessing care; there is no charge for these services. PAF also provides small grants to eligible patients.

    Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program

    866-512-3861

    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.

    RxHope

    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

    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.

    The Samfund

    617-938-3484

    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.

  • 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.

    Extra Help (Medicare)

    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 $4,900 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.

    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 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.

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Last modified: February 23, 2021

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