Financial Health Matters
Healthcare costs are a key concern for many people with blood cancer. Patients and families need to determine how they will pay for treatment. Some patients do not have health insurance. There are steps you can take to manage your finances before, during and after treatment. This booklet offers guidance about health insurance, government programs and financial assistance programs.
Financial Health Matters - Update on the Affordable Care Act is a supplement to this publication which provides information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as "healthcare reform").
Health insurance helps pay for costly medical treatment and can protect patients and their families from financial hardship. There are different types of private and public health insurance programs. Millions of people living in the United States do not have health insurance or do not have enough medical coverage. Some people may not realize that they qualify for government programs or other types of assistance (see Navigating Public Programs on page 8 for more details about these programs). Or, patients may find out after they are diagnosed with cancer that their insurance does not cover the prescription drugs or treatments they need.