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Financial, Legal & Insurance Issues

Financial, Legal & Insurance Organizations/Resources

Drug Assistance Programs
pharmaceutical industry-sponsored • individual drug company patient programs • Medicare

Air Travel & Lodging Assistance


Patient Advocate Foundation 800-532-5274/ 757-873-6668
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]

Financial Records (
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. [2001]

America's 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.

Clinical 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]

Your 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. [2001]

Social Security Online (Social Security Administration)
Comprehensive website includes extensive benefits information. Of particular interest is the guide to applying for disability benefits.

Cancer and Disability (CancerGuide)
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]

Medicare Rights Center
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.

Drug Assistance

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 866-265-6491 (GlaxoSmithKline)

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)

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Air Travel & Lodging Assistance

Angel Flight 877-621-7177
Nationwide network of volunteer pilots offering help to patients in need.

Corporate Angel Network (CAN) 866-328-1313
Arranges corporate flights for cancer patients.

National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses
Information resource for patient accommodations. (National Patient Travel Center)
Arranges for free or reduced air travel for patients in need via the National Patient Travel Hotline (800-296-1217).


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