Being diagnosed with cancer is an experience that is filled with contradiction. At the same time that you are surrounded by multitudes of people (doctors and other health care providers, family, and friends) you likely have never felt more alone. At the same time that you are being inundated with information, you feel like you can’t get answers to all of your questions. And at the same time that you see that your insurance provider is paying enormous medical bills on your behalf, you have never spent so much money out-of-pocket.
Surviving and thriving in the face of cancer requires turning to others for help. Support groups and cancer educators are there to help you with your emotional needs and to explain what is going on with your body and your care, and there are also organizations to provide you with financial resources for cancer care. Though remaining independent and self-supporting is important, it is smart to avail yourself of the help that is out there. If you live in the state of Indiana and are facing mounting medical bills, or finding yourself unable to pay for household bills because the out-of-pocket expenses for your care have depleted your bank account, help is available. Your medical care provider’s administrative staff can probably point you in the right direction of cancer support groups that can offer financial support, and you may find that your care facility will extend discounts if you express a need. Be sure to ask friends and family members for their help in researching what help is available.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Information on public assistance and food stamps
Check the phone book for your local office
U.S. Administration on Aging
Benefits for older adults (Eldercare Locator finds resources in your community)
Social Security Administration
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
United Cancer Services of Elkhart County
Phone: (574) 875-5158
About United Cancer Services of Elkhart County: United Cancer Services of Elkhart County supports local cancer patients by helping to create a plan for their time in treatment, connecting them to valuable resources, and providing financial support.
Patient Advocate Foundation
Phone: (800) 532-5274
About Patient Advocate Foundation: Patient Advocate Foundation offers assistance to patients with specific issues they are facing with their insurer, employer and/or creditor regarding insurance, job retention and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis of life-threatening or debilitating diseases.
River Bend Cancer Services
About River Bend Cancer Services: RiverBend Cancer Services helps those with limited financial means by paying for prescriptions drugs associated with cancer and pain management. In addition, they provide assistance in covering the costs of other cancer-related supplies and help coordinating applications for other financial assistance programs. The group also provides free wigs, durable equipment, and necessities bags for women undergoing a mastectomy.
Fifth Season Financial
About Fifth Season Financial: Fifth Season Financial is a licensed consumer lender in business since 2007 and member of the Better Business Bureau. We are the leader in providing access to much-needed funds from an often-overlooked asset – life insurance. We work with patients who have diagnoses of aggressive stage II, III or IV cancers, congestive heart failure, COPD, ALS, MLS, and other serious health conditions. Over the past several years, we have provided more than $115 million in financial assistance to nearly 400 families. No credit check. No income requirements.
About CancerCare: CancerCare is currently offering financial assistance to cancer patients in the form of transportation, home care, and child care. The organization’s goal is to provide limited financial assistance to people affected by cancer. When funding is unavailable the group’s professional oncology social workers will work to identify other financial assistance resources.
I Win Foundation
About I Win Foundation: I.W.I.N. Foundation supports women in Indiana who are currently receiving treatment for breast cancer by securing and paying for individual services that relieve emotional, physical and financial burdens. These services may include personal errands, childcare, housekeeping, yard maintenance, in-home pet care, and meals.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Co-Pay Assistance Program
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Co-Pay Assistance Program: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Co-Pay Assistance Program offers assistance to patients for cancer treatment-related co-pays, private health insurance premiums, private insurance co-pay obligations, and
Relieve financial stress with the Funds For Living Program.