The American Cancer Society provides a range of documents addressing financial issues that you may encounter when dealing with cancer.
Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (CFAC)
The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (CFAC) is a coalition of 14 financial assistance organizations that aim to help cancer patients experience better health and well-being by limiting financial challenges. The CFAC provides a directory of financial support options for lodging, pharmaceutical assistance, transportation, and several other types of assistance, which are searchable by zip code.
Good Days works directly with pharmacies and doctors to pay for patients’ out-of-pocket expenses for a variety of chronic diseases, including metastatic breast cancer – though enrollment for disease states may open and close throughout the year as funds are diminished or more funds become available.
Hill-Burton Free Care Program
The Hill-Burton program provides hospital, nursing home, and other health facility services to those who are unable to pay, as determined by the US Federal Poverty Guidelines. Approximately 150 facilities throughout the US are part of this program.
Healthcare Hospitality Network, Inc. (HNN)
The Healthcare Hospitality Network, Inc. (HNN) is a national association of nearly 200 nonprofit organizations that provide lodging support services to patients, families, and their loved ones when receiving medical treatment away from their home communities.
Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America delivers free meals to income-eligible adults. While this service is geared towards providing services for the elderly, many local programs also offer assistance for people living with cancer. Some of their programs also provide other home-related assistance, such as grocery shopping.
Patient Access Network
Patient Access Network (PAN) provides financial assistance to people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses for whom cost is a barrier to accessing breakthrough medical treatments. Individuals may receive up to $7,500 a year for medical assistance.
Patient Advocate Foundation
Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) provides a tool to help sort resources for a broad range of needs including housing, utilities, food, transportation, home health care, medical devices, and pharmaceutical agents.
The National Patient Travel Center
The National Patient Travel Center provides information about charitable, long-distance medically-related transportation and provides referrals to resources that are available in the organization’s national charitable medical transportation network.