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Financial and Legal Information

CancerCare

www.cancercare.org/financial

1-800-813-4673

Offers limited assistance for cancer-related costs, i.e. transportation to and from cancer treatments, home care, and child care.

 

Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC)

www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org/about/cancerlegalresource.cfm

1-866-THE-CLRC

The CLRC provides free information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to cancer survivors, caregivers, health care professionals, employers, and others coping with cancer.

 

Center for Patient Partnerships

http://www.cancer.net

Provides free advocacy services to anyone with a serious or life-threatening illness, regardless of income or residence. 

 

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)

www.patientadvocate.org

1-800-532-5274

Patient Advocate Foundation's Patient Services provides patients with arbitration, mediation and negotiation to remove obstacles to healthcare including access to care, medical debt, insurance issues, and job retention related to their illness.

 

Patient Access Network Foundation

www.panfoundation.org

For those eligible, financial assistance is offered for co-pays, deductibles and medications.

 

Social Security Disability (SSDI)

www.ssa.gov/dibplan/index.htm

1-800-772-1213

Stage IV cancer automatically qualifies you for disability and expedited processing of your application under the compassionate allowances program--a diagnosis that is terminal. See http://www.ssa.gov/compassionateallowances/. You have to have a work history and cannot currently be earning more than $1000 month.