Patient Guide to Support Services

Support Services Directory

  • American Breast Cancer Foundation
    The American Breast Cancer Foundation provides direct financial assistance to uninsured and underserved women and men of all ages for breast cancer screening and diagnostic tests through the Breast Cancer Assistance Program, Community Partnership Program, and the Community Advocacy Program.
    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 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, co-insurance, 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.
    Avon Foundation for Women
    The Avon Foundation for Women, through the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program, links medically underserved women to breast health education and screening services. The foundation provides targeted, customized approaches to help low-income, underinsured, and other marginalized populations obtain regular mammograms and clinical breast exams.
    Be the Match Patient Assistance Programs
    These programs provide financial assistance for patients with multiple myeloma or lymphoma who need 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 the transplant. Financial aid recipients must meet certain financial eligibility criteria.
    The Bone Marrow Foundation
    This foundation offers 2 financial assistance programs for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma who need a bone marrow transplant. The foundation’s 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.
    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 Cancer Financial Assistance 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 and caregivers affected by cancer 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 diagnosis, treatment protocol, and other factors, giving patients an opportunity to speak to a support volunteer whose experience closely mirrors their own.
    Cancer Support Community
    The Cancer Support Community is an international nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing 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
    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
    Good Days is a nonprofit organization that 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
    This foundation provides financial assistance for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma. Patients who are experiencing financial hardship and are undergoing treatment at the time of application are eligible to receive a grant for up to $750, to help offset living expenses, and travel-related expenses resulting from disease and/or medical expenses.
    Healthwell Foundation
    The HealthWell Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to cover coinsurance, copayments, insurance premiums, deductibles, and out-of-pocket expenses for certain medications and therapies.
    Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s patient financial support program provides limited financial assistance (such as financial support toward treatment-related copayments, insurance premium costs, and certain Medicaid and Medicare costs) to patients diagnosed with a blood cancer (eg, leukemia or lymphoma) and with significant financial needs to help defray treatment--related expenses.
    The 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 and in-kind assistance, advocacy, support services, and education.
    National Foundation for Transplants
    The National Foundation for Transplants provides fundraising assistance for patients needing organ and/or tissue transplants, including bone marrow and stem-cell transplants.
    National Organization for Rare Disorders
    The National Organization for Rare Disorders is a federation of patient organizations that are dedicated to helping patients with rare diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. The National Organization for Rare Disorders is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service.
    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 programs, including 200 biopharmaceutical company programs.
    Patient Access Network Foundation
    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
    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 cancer.
    RxAssist, through their online Patient Assistance Program Center, provides a comprehensive database of patient assistance programs offered by pharmaceutical companies, as well as other tools and resources to manage their 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 assistance programs for specific medications.
    Rx Outreach
    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)
    Social Security provides benefits to patients with serious medical conditions that meet disability standards. Compassionate 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)
    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 $4900 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)
    The National Institutes of Health Office of Rare Diseases 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 participate in this service to provide free or reduced-cost care for patients who are unable to pay for their care, 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 income is ≤2 times the HHS Poverty Guidelines.
    National Cancer Institute: Organizations that Offer Support Services
    The National Institutes of Health 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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