People who receive a cancer diagnosis experience a multitude of emotions, with fear being the one that is most prevalent. It is natural to feel fear, as well as grief, confusion, anger, depression and other forms of distress. Family and friends as well as caregivers and medical professionals are able to offer you tremendous support and understanding in dealing with these issues, but one area that few people are willing to discuss with any of their community is the overwhelming financial impact that cancer has on their lives. Though this is particularly true for those whose economic balance has been unsteady or who had been living from paycheck to paycheck before the diagnosis, even those who have considerable savings and robust health insurance coverage often find that the costs of cancer care devastate their sense of financial security.
If you are seeking financial help for cancer patients in South Dakota, we know one of the main things keeping you up at night is concern over how to pay the endless medical bills from cancer treatments and other medical procedures. Fortunately, the caring community is well aware of the struggle, and numerous agencies, organizations, and individuals have gone to great lengths to offer financial resources for cancer patients in South Dakota. The list you’ll find below is far from comprehensive – it is meant to provide you with a starting point of local agencies, as well as a few notable national organizations that have committed themselves to providing for cancer patients’ needs. Take this list and do some research of your own as well: you’ll be humbled and pleased to see just how many people there are who truly care, and who are working hard to ease cancer’s financial burden.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
The Breast and Cervical Cancer Program is for South Dakota women who need treatment for breast or cervical cancer, including pre-cancerous conditions and early stage cancer. A woman must have been screened for breast and cervical cancer under the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, administered by the Department of Health, must be uninsured, must meet age requirements, and may only have yearly income up to $23,544.Eligibility coverage ends when a woman’s course of treatment is completed or the state has determined that she no longer meets the criteria for this eligibility category.
CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation
Helps insured people afford co-payments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment drugs for certain covered conditions. Must meet financial and medical criteria.
Good Days from CDF
Helps qualified patients pay their insurance co-pays for prescription medications. Transportation, lodging and related expenses may also be provided for covered conditions.
NeedyMeds maintains current information about many sources of medication and health care cost assistance that anyone can use without registering or entering any personal data.
NORD Patient Assistance Programs
NORD administers Patient Assistance Programs to help patients obtain life-saving or life-sustaining medication they could not otherwise afford. NORD has expanded its services to offer financial assistance with insurance premiums, patient co-pay fees, diagnostic testing expenses, and travel to and consultation with disease specialists that are not covered by a patients insurance plan.
Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation
Provides insured patients with co-payment assistance for treatments and medications through nearly 60 disease-specific programs.
866-776-3700 (English and Spanish)
A comprehensive assistance program that provides eligible patients with a range of support services, including insurance counseling, co-pay assistance, and access to medicines for free or at a savings.
Fifth Season Financial
Fifth Season Financial offer the Funds for Living and Giving (FLAG) Program, a financial assistance resource that helps relieve the financial burden experienced by many late-stage cancer patients. Fifth Season’s program provides funds to people living with cancer or any other serious illness by using their life insurance policy as collateral. The funds you receive have NO RESTRICTIONS. You choose how you want to spend your money. Pay bills, take a vacation, or give a gift to someone you love. It’s your choice! The FLAG Program has provided over $75 million in funds to hundreds of families. Learn more: www.fifthseasonfinancial.
RxHope helps people in need obtain medications they cant afford by helping navigate and advocate through the various programs available for medication assistance.
Angel Wheels to Healing
Angel Wheels to Healing is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing non-emergency long-distance ground transportation assistance to patients in need, including gas cards to off-set fuel costs. Angel Wheels utilizes motor coaches and their volunteer drivers as well as commercial transportation.
Angel Flight arranges free air transportation to medical treatment for individuals and organizations when financial need or time-critical but non-emergency medical situations arise.
Corporate Angel Network
866-328-1313 or 914-328-1313
Corporate Angel Network helps cancer patients access treatment for their specific type of cancer by arranging free travel using empty seats on corporate jets. Eligibility to participate in our program is open to all cancer patients, bone marrow donors, and bone marrow recipients who are ambulatory and not in need of medical support while traveling. Eligibility is not based on financial need, and patients may travel as often as necessary. Patients must be ambulatory and not in need of medical support while traveling.
Homes that Help and Heal
The National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, Inc. is a nationwide professional association of nearly 200 unique, nonprofit organizations that provide lodging and support services to patients, families and their loved ones who are receiving medical treatment far from their home communities.
National charitable medical transportation system that includes air and ground transportation.
Relieve financial stress with the FLAG Program, a viatical alternative that uses your life insurance for a cash advance