If you have a terminal illness and are seeking help with medical bills and living expenses, here are some resources that may be able to help you.
Ask a cancer patient what their first thought was upon hearing they had cancer and few will say, “How am I ever going to pay for this?” But ask them whether that’s the question that keeps them up at night now that they’re a few months into their course of cancer treatment and you’ll get a flash of recognition, possibly accompanied by a note of panic.
The Cost of Cancer Care
Cancer care has come a long way in the last few decades, but the improvement in cancer treatment has come at a high price. Even patients who have comprehensive, high quality health insurance find themselves struggling in the face of copays, deductibles, coinsurance, and out-of-pocket expenses that their policy doesn’t cover. Combining those additional bills with their already-existing expenses and a high likelihood that they are often too sick to go to work, and it’s no wonder that medical bills are one of the top reasons behind so many Americans filing for bankruptcy.
How to Pay for Cancer Treatment, Cancer Bills, and Other Basic Expenses
If you are living with cancer in the state of Louisiana and you are finding yourself struggling under the weight of overwhelming costs, there are people and organizations who want to help. National and local organizations offer a number of financial resources for cancer patients in Louisiana, ranging from assistance with paying for prescription medication and copays to offering to clean your house for free while you are undergoing treatment. Every little bit helps when you are trying to find a way to pay your bills, so make sure that you check out these organizations and see how they can help – and don’t forget to ask your friends and family members whether their churches or community centers offer assistance to cancer patients. There are many, many people who want to help, and just need to be given the opportunity to do so.
Financial Help for Cancer Patients in Louisiana
These resources can help with medical bills, medications, supplies, travel expenses, living expenses, and other expenses. Be sure to check each program’s specific qualifications and what the individual program covers. Some programs have no restrictions on how you choose to use the funds.
Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans
About Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans: Focuses on education, research and services to cancer patients and their families in New Orleans. CAGNO’s patient services program provides medications, supplies and comfort items to patients who cannot afford these necessities.
Cancer Foundation League
About Cancer Foundation League: Provides financial assistance to people with cancer living in or receiving treatment in northeast Louisiana.
Fifth Season Financial
About Fifth Season Financial: Fifth Season Financial offer the Funds for Living 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 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 Funds For Living Program has provided over $115 million in funds to hundreds of families. Learn more: www.fifthseasonfinancial.
Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge
800-883-4515 (In-state only) 225-927-2273
About Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge: Supports cancer patients of the Baton Rouge area. Services include counseling, advocacy, prescription assistance, nutritional supplement assistance, mileage reimbursement, medical equipment, post-surgical supplies and wigs and prostheses.
Air Charity Network
About Air Charity Network: Air Charity Network helps with travel expenses for medical treatments by providing free flights to people in need of medical treatment.
Be the Match
About Be the Match: Operated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), Be the Match serves patients in need of life-saving bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplants. Funds are available for unrelated donor searches and post-transplant expenses, including co-pays, lodging, food and transportation.
CancerCare® Co-Payment Assistance Foundation (CCAF)
About Cancer Co-Payment Assistance Foundation: Provides co-payment assistance for chemotherapy and targeted treatments to insured individuals who are
covered by Medicare or private insurance. Patients must meet certain financial and medical criteria and must be U.S. citizens or legal residents.
About Good Days: Provides financial assistance to underinsured patients diagnosed with chronic or life-altering diseases that require the use of specialty therapeutics.
About HealthWell Foudnation: Addresses the needs of individuals who cannot afford their insurance premiums, co-payments, co-insurance and other out-of-pocket health care costs.
Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation
About Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation: Provides financial assistance for medical expenses to women under age 30 living with breast cancer.
Meredith’s Miracles Colon Cancer Foundation
About Meredith’s Miracles Colon Cancer Foundation: Provides financial support to young adults (under the age of 40) undergoing treatment for colon cancer. Specifically, the organization provides relief from living expenses during treatment rather than expenses associated with treatment.
About NeedyMeds: NeedyMeds provides accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date information on programs that help people who are facing problems paying for medications and health care.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance (ppArX)
About Partnership for Prescription Assistance: Matches patients to programs offering free or low-cost prescription medicines.
Patient Access Network Foundation (PANF)
About Patient Access Network Foundation: Patient Access Network Foundation (PANF) provides co-payment assistance to patients who have insurance, but lack the means to pay for out-of-pocket costs for their medications or infusions. PANF currently includes coverage for numerous disease funds, including various cancers and related illnesses.
Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program
About Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program: Provides direct co-payment assistance for pharmaceutical products to insured patients (including Medicare Part D beneficiaries) who qualify financially and medically.
About Sarcoma Alliance: The Alliance’s Hand in Hand: The Suzanne R. Leider Memorial Assistance Fund provides financial assistance specifically for second opinion consultations by reimbursing travel expenses, phone bills, evaluation costs and other directly related charges.
Where There’s A Need, Inc.
About Where There’s A Need, Inc.: Provides hair scarves for women and children who have experienced hair loss due to chemotherapy and radiation cancer treatment or other medical conditions.