Patient Advocate Foundation
Non-profit organization that provides education and legal counseling on
a national level to cancer survivors concerning managed care, insurance
and financial issues.
Disability Rights Legal Center 866-999-3752
Provides information and educational outreach on cancer-related (and other disabilities) legal
issues to people with cancer and others impacted by the disease.
Information and resources for working women with cancer, their employers,
coworkers and caregivers. Topics covered include: working through treatment,
taking time off, returning to work, traveling with cancer, and handling
discrimination at work, among others.
Financial Resource for People with Cancer (National Cancer Institute Fact Sheet)
Lists potential resources for financial assistance, including Government-sponsored
programs and services supported by voluntary organizations. [8/06]
Guide to managing the financial records associated with cancer.
Covers how to organize financial records, what are deductible medical
expenses, dealing with hospital billing, coping with insurance (understanding
your policy, finding a contact person, negotiating benefits, challenging
a claim). Provides a list of sources of financial assistance. 
Health Insurance Plans
Provides comprehensive insurance
guides for consumers covering health insurance and managed care, disability
income, long-term care and medical savings accounts. Includes a glossary
of insurance terms.
Trials and Insurance Coverage: A Resource Guide (National Cancer Institute)
Answers frequently-asked questions about insurance coverage for clinical
trial participation and provides links to additional information resources.
Sections include: clinical trials and insurance coverage; coverage strategies
to consider; initiatives to expand coverage for clinical trials. [1/02]
Guide to the Appeals Process (Patient Advocate Foundation)
Provides information on how to appeal a denial of an insurance claim.
Sections include: gathering preliminary information, understanding the
illness and the insurance, writing the appeals letters, evaluating the
result, and knowing when to consult an attorney. 
Social Security Online (Social
Comprehensive website includes extensive benefits information. Of
particular interest is the guide to applying for disability benefits.
Cancer and Disability
Brief overview of disability income resources: social security disability
insurance, supplemental security income (SSI), short term disability insurance
and long term disability insurance. Offers advice on a tax saving technique
related to the payment of disability insurance premiums. Written by Bruce
Wallace, a cancer survivor. [3/02]
The Medicare Rights Center, a non-for-profit, non-governmental organization,
provides comprehensive information and assistance in navigating the Medicare
maze. Resources include a Medicare Basics guide, a list of discount drug
programs, a comparison chart of the different types of Medicare plans
available around the country, and information on the Medicare home health
and hospice rights and benefits.
Partnership for Prescription
Assistance (PPA) 888-477-2669
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) brings together US pharmaceutical
companies, health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community
groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get
the medicines they need through public or private programs. Many prescriptions
are available for free or at low cost. PPA's mission is to increase awareness
of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible.
The PPA website offers a single point of access to more than 275 public
and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs
offered by pharmaceutical companies. Additionally, PPA can be accessed
by phone at 888-477-2669.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation 800-736-0003 (BMS)
GlaxoSmithKline's Commitment to Access
Lilly Cares 800-249-4918 (Lilly)
Millennium Reimbursement Assistance Program for VELCADE 866-VELCADE (Millenium)
Pfizer's Helpful Answers: Patient Assistance Programs 877-744-5675 (Pfizer)
Air Travel & Lodging Assistance
Angel Flight 877-621-7177
Nationwide network of volunteer pilots offering help to patients in need.
Corporate Angel Network
Arranges corporate flights for cancer patients.
National Association of Hospital
Information resource for patient accommodations.
PatientTravel.org (National Patient Travel Center)
Arranges for free or reduced air travel for patients in need
via the National Patient Travel Hotline (800-296-1217).