When you’re fighting lung cancer, the focus is often on battling the cancer — as it should be! However, other distractions can often come up and become stressful and anxiety-provoking. Insurance problems, financial troubles, transportation struggles, and pricey treatments can all take our thoughts and energy away from where we need them the most, fighting our battle and focusing on getting well. While many of us know there are assistance programs out there for individuals with cancer, it’s incredibly overwhelming to search through them all and know how to qualify.
Navigating the resources out there
Below is a sample of some of the assistance programs available that you may qualify for if needed. These are good places to start, and may lead to other organizations that are just as beneficial. There is help out there for everyone. Even if you have the best health insurance possible, you will no doubt still be expected to pay at least some of your bills, which can certainly add up. Make sure you know what kind of insurance coverage you have as you go through some of these options, as programs may ask. If you are unsure whether or not you have private healthcare (usually from an employer), government healthcare (Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran’s Health Administration, and the like), or some other type of insurance, enlist the help of a family member, friend, or cancer support network to help you decipher your current position.
Co-pay assistance programs
Many co-pay assistance organizations have limited funds that tend to run out, so it’s important to contact them sooner rather than later.
Childcare, homecare, transportation, and gasoline payment relief
Oftentimes, we forget that travel expenses, childcare expenses, and lodging issues are things we can actually receive help for. While aid amounts and availability may vary, these can still be valuable programs!
You can also reach out to your insurance provider or even drug companies themselves for aid and information. Many of the large pharmaceutical companies often have fee-assistance programs for those who qualify. It may seem all too overwhelming, but just chipping away at your research little by little may lead you to a helpful aid outlet.1
List of resources provided in part by the Lung Cancer Alliance. Original list located at: http://www.lungcanceralliance.org/get-help-and-support/practical-resources/financial-resources.html