In this fact sheet, you will find several lists of financial assistance resources available to those who have been diagnosed with cancer. Please see the qualifications and eligibility guidelines for what each organization requires.
Federal and state programs can provide benefits to both individuals and their families.
Information on public assistance and food stamps.
Benefits for older adults. Eldercare Locator finds resources in your community.
Pharmaceutical Patient Assistance Programs
Drug companies sometimes offer services that can help, including help with insurance repayments or discounted medicine. Contact the company that makes your prescription medication more more.
Organizations that can also help with drug-related costs include:
Community and General Organizations
To find local resources, check to see if there is a 211 information and referral service (www.211.org) in your area.
Nonprofit Programs for Co-Pay Relief
Some nonprofit organizations can help with drug copayments and deductibles. Each program has their own eligibility guidelines and may only cover certain types of cancer.
General Cancer Organizations
CancerCare’s Online Helping Hand
CancerCare’s Online Helping Hand at www.cancercare.org/helpinghand is a searchable, online database of financial and practical assistance available for people affected by cancer. This comprehensive online tool features up-to-date contact information and descriptions for hundreds of national and regional organizations offering financial help to people with cancer. You can search by diagnosis, zip code and type of assistance.
Edited by Julia Manna, LMSW