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Everyone in the U.S. (check the website for availability in your area)
2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Examples of service referrals include:
- Basic human need resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance and utility assistance
- Physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, counseling, drug, and alcohol intervention
- Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs
- Support for older adults and persons with disabilities: home healthcare, adult daycare, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation, and homemaker services
- Support for children, youth, and families: childcare, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring and protective services
People with chronic illnesses and conditions in the U.S.
Accessia Health is a nonprofit patient assistance organization that provides financial assistance and education to people with rare and chronic medical conditions.
- Eligible patients use Accessia Health's assistance to pay for medications copays, insurance premiums, travel, and other medical expenses.
American Cancer Society (ACS)
People affected by a cancer internationally; programs and services offered to patients and caregivers residing in the United States
In the U.S., ACS is a community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
- Provides educational materials both online and in print about cancer, including blood cancers, as well as related information on topics such as diet, exercise, complementary and alternative medicine, and disease statistics
- Offers support services via online discussion boards and in-person support groups through local chapters
- Cancer Survivors NetworkSM, a global online community, transcends geographic boundaries and builds bonds among cancer survivors and caregivers through shared experiences and feelings
- Road to Recovery, a program offered locally by some chapters, has volunteer drivers who transport patients to and from treatment appointments
- Hope Lodges are temporary housing accommodations for patients traveling far from home for treatment. There are more than 30 lodges.
Individuals, families, caregivers and the bereaved in the U.S. affected by a cancer diagnosis
To provide free, professional support services to individuals, families, caregivers and the bereaved to help them cope with and manage the emotional and practical challenges of cancer.
- Oncology social workers are available for telephone counseling services to provide support, information and resources to help in coping with cancer
- Offers online support groups and educational publications
- Cancer Out Loud: The CancerCare Podcast features conversations with people living with cancer, caregivers, survivors, loved ones and the bereaved
- Connect Education Workshops in which leading experts in oncology provide up-to-date information in one-hour workshops over the telephone or online
- Financial assistance for transportation, medications, home care, child care, pet care, or durable medical equipment may be available for patients in active treatment. Eligibility guidelines vary depending on diagnosis, gender and geographic location. Call for details
- Healing Hearts Family Bereavement Camp - a free retreat for families with children coping with the loss of a loved one to cancer
- Financial assistance for insured cancer patients in treatment in the US to help with co-payments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment medications who meet certain financial, medical and insurance eligibility criteria. Check the website (http://cancercarecopay.org/) or call 866-552-6729 for details.
Children’s Leukemia Research Association (CLRA)
Children and adults with leukemia in the U.S., healthcare professionals and researchers
To support research efforts towards finding the causes and cure for leukemia.
- Patient Aid Program offers limited funds (up to $3,000 per year) to assist with certain treatments, services and prescriptions; funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis
- Matching Dollar Program matches up to $3,000 in donations raised by the applicant, family or friends during a specific time period
- CLRA funds grants to doctors conducting promising research about leukemia.
Good Days from CDF
Patients with a covered disease in the U.S. who meet income qualification guidelines and have private insurance or a Medicare Part D plan but cannot afford the cost of their specialty therapeutics. Check website for the most up-to-date information on which diseases have available funding.
Helps patients with chronic disease, cancer and other life-altering conditions obtain the life-saving medications they need.
- Requires that patients are 100% compliant with their prescribed treatment
- Has a patient portal to help track patient's treatment regimen, dispensing history, and medication usage. Provides reminder tools and an interactive calendar to help patients manage their care
- Patients must apply and meet certain qualifications. Once accepted into the program all information can be tracked through a portal.
- Assists with medication co-pays; some travel expenses including fuel, parking and meals; some lodging for medical appointments.
Anyone seeking prescription price information in the U.S.
To help consumers make better financial choices when filling prescriptions.
Provides prices and discounts for prescription drugs at more than 70,000 local and mail-order pharmacies in the U.S. Enter the name of any drug (generic or brand-name) into an online form, enter a location (city, state, or ZIP), and information about prices at both local and mail order pharmacies will be provided.
Offers information about drug side effects, prescription assistance programs (if available), and the availability of generics.
Underinsured patients in the US living with chronic and life-altering illnesses who need help to afford their medical care and certain out-of-pocket expenses
To reduce financial barriers to care for underinsured patients with chronic or life-altering diseases.
- As specific disease funds are available, provides financial assistance to underinsured individuals to help with prescription copays; health insurance premiums, deductibles, and co-insurance; pediatric treatment costs; and travel expenses. Call or check website for eligibility criteria.
- Website provides a resource list with links to other organizations.
Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation
Families whose child is under the age of 21 and diagnosed with a pediatric cancer before age 18
To be a leader in childhood cancer research and advocacy while providing financial and emotional support to families whose children are battling cancer.
- Provides financial assistance for a variety of needs to pediatric cancer families while the child is undergoing treatment; social worker from treatment facility must apply on behalf of the family
- Works with funeral homes to provide assistance towards memorial costs for children whose battle with cancer has ended
- Funds pediatric cancer research.
Medicine Assistance Tool
Patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers
To help patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers learn more about the resources available through various biopharmaceutical industry programs.
- The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) created a search engine designed for patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers to learn about public and private assistance programs to help those with financial need get access to prescription medicines, including some free or nearly free options.
- Provides general information about health insurance and helpful resources.
National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. (NORD)
Patients in the U.S. with rare diseases
NORD is leading the fight to improve the lives of rare disease patients and families. We do this by supporting the rare community – its people and organizations – and by working together to accelerate research, raise awareness, provide direct assistance and drive public policy.
- Administers Patient Assistance Programs to help patients obtain life-saving or life-sustaining medication they could not otherwise afford
- The Patient Information Center provides information on thousands of rare disorders and resources
- The Rare Caregiver Respite Program offers limited financial assistance to eligible caregivers so that they can take a break from caregiver responsibilities
- Hosts regional and national meetings for patients and families
- Works collaboratively with a growing roster of member organizations.
Patient Access Network Foundation (PANF)
Underinsured patients with a diagnosis for which PANF has a fund (certain cancers, chronic illnesses or rare diseases), and meeting all eligibility criteria
To offer help to underinsured people with life-threatening, chronic and rare diseases to get the medications and treatments they need by assisting with their out-of-pocket costs and advocating for improved access and affordability.
- Offers nearly 70 disease-specific programs to help patients pay for their out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance, travel expenses, and health insurance premiums
- Offers FundFinder, a free resource available via any internet-enabled device that provides information about disease funds at charitable patient assistance foundations
Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)
People in the U.S. with chronic, life-threatening and debilitating illnesses
To provide professional case management services to Americans with chronic, life threatening and debilitating illnesses.
- PAF Case Managers serve as active liaisons between the patient and their insurer, employer and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job retention and/or debt crisis matters as they relate to their diagnosis; may also be assisted by doctors and healthcare attorneys. PAF seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability.
- Offers PAF authored publications and content, distributes booklets and publications
- Offers an annual scholarship program for survivors
- PAF Co-Pay Relief Program provides direct financial assistance to insured patients who meet certain qualifications to help them pay for the prescriptions and/or treatments they need. This assistance helps patients afford the out-of-pocket costs for these items that their insurance companies require. For details, call 866-512-3861.
People with cancer in the United States
RemediChain accepts donations of unopened, unexpired oral chemotherapy and matches those donations with vulnerable cancer patients in need.
- Program is free for all patients and does not require insurance.
- Donated medications are inspected by a licensed pharmacist before being added to inventory.
- Medications are shipped directly to patient’s accepting oncologist, who dispenses the medication to the patient.
- Text, call, or go to the website to donate or request medication.
The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation
Families of children with cancer in the U.S.
The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation has four areas of focus: financial assistance, childhood cancer research, awareness and spreading positivity
- Provide financial assistance to families of children with cancer (application form and eligibility criteria are on the website)
- Fund research to find cures for childhood cancers and advancements in treatment protocols
- Increase awareness of childhood cancer and advocate for increased research funds
- Spread the B+ Message of being positive
The Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation
Cancer and transplant patients and families, caregivers, survivors
To improve the quality of life for cancer and transplant patients and their families by providing vital financial assistance, comprehensive resources, educational information, physician referrals, and emotional support programs.
- CancerBuddy provides a user-friendly digital experience to help people affected by cancer across the US find buddies, share experiences and resources, provide support, and build a supportive community of peers
- Clinical Care Counseling provides confidential individual and family supportive counseling, financial guidance and resource referrals for cancer, transplant patients, and family members
- Patient Navigators provide guidance and support to anyone faced with a cancer diagnosis or needing a bone marrow transplant
- Ask the Expert enables individuals to anonymously pose questions concerning transplantation and to have them answered by transplant specialists
- Lifeline Fund provides financial support to help cover the costs of donor searches, medications, home and child care services, medical equipment, transportation, cord blood banking, housing costs and other expenses associated with transplant
- Carelines provides social media tools for crowdfunding, journaling and a volunteer task calendar for anyone with a cancer diagnosis or receiving a bone marrow, stem cell or cord blood transplant
- Your Transplant Journey Handbook provides comprehensive transplant information and resources
The Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Foundation, Inc.
Patients with MDS, caregivers, health professionals worldwide
A multi-disciplinary, international organization devoted to MDS support, research, treatment, and education for patients, caregivers, physicians, nurses and other health care providers. The organization is based upon the premise that international cooperation will accelerate the process leading to the control and cure of these diseases.
Provides disease information, insurance information and publications
Offers patient advocacy groups, research funding, and professional educational initiatives
Referrals to MDS Centers of Excellence and clinical trials
Conducts international symposia.
Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, advocates, and health professionals
To help navigate cancer survivorship from the point of diagnosis throughout life, by providing education on all types of cancer survivorship topics
- Offers free in-person and online educational events, a speakers bureau, and online educational materials and tools. Resources cover a wide array of topics including guides on reasonable accommodations, chemo brain, insurance, employment, finances, etc.
United Healthcare Children's Foundation
Children age 16 and younger, who have commercial health insurance.
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is a non-profit charity dedicated to enhancing the quality of children’s lives through much needed medical grants. These medical grants help improve access to medical services and items that are not covered, or not fully covered, by a family’s current commercial health insurance plan. Besides being 16 years old or younger and covered by a commercial health insurance plan, a child must be diagnosed with a current or ongoing medical need, be receiving treatment by a qualified medical practitioner in the US and meet certain financial criteria to qualify.
Grants may be provided for:
- Help with medical services costs
- Help with medication costs
- Medical supplies and equipment
- Costs associated with transplant
- Air and ground transportation for medical appointments