Many families of children with cancer experience financial difficulties. Even if the family has full medical insurance coverage, they can spend a large portion of their income on co-payments, travel, motels, meals, and other uncovered items. Professional advice can be helpful to negotiate with insurance companies to cover treatment expenses. Families dependent on two incomes or single parent families are likely to experience financial difficulties if a parent must quit their job to care for the child. Help is available for the high cost of bone and stem cell transplants. Chemotherapy drug assistance programs are available. Numerous resources to help families through financial difficulties are listed below.
American Childhood Cancer Organization Affiliates
Contact your local American Childhood Cancer Organization Affiliate group for financial assistance options.
Financial Assistance Programs on the Ped-Onc Resource Center
This site lists organizations that may help with aspects of financial and insurance problems, airline assistance, assistance with drugs, and governmental assistance program.
Patient Advocate Foundation
A non-profit organization that is a liaison between patient and insurers, employers and creditors to resolve insurance, job discrimination or debt crises.
Ronald McDonald Houses
Ronald McDonald Houses provide free lodging for families of children being treated at many hospitals. This site tells a little about the history of RMD houses, a search database to find a local house, and how one can support the cause.
Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund
This organization is dedicated to the non-medical uninsured needs of families caring for terminally, critically and chronically ill dependent children through advocacy, financial assistance, education, and informational resources. Because of limited funds they are only accepting applications from social workers in the mid-Atlantic region. However, there is good information on the site information on how to obtain a video called Financial Management During Crisis.
Cancer Fund of America
Provides assistance to defray cancer-related expenses not covered by insurance.
The National Transplant Assistance Fund
Provides experts to help with fundraising for uninsured expenses related to BMT's.
The Student with a Brain Injury: Achieving Goals in Higher Education
Single copies of these papers are free-of-charge and can be obtained by visiting the HEATH web site, www.heath.gwu.edu.
Cancer Care is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide free professional help to people with all cancers through counseling, education, information and referral and direct financial assistance.
Consumer Credit Counseling Foundation
A national, nonprofit consumer credit counseling agency that provides 24-hour toll-free telephone credit counseling. Provides help with budgets, payments, and debt collection.
American Financial Solutions
Nonprofit credit counseling agency that offers free debt management and educational programs to help financially distressed families.
The Sparrow Foundation
Promotes youth compassion by establishing and supporting Sparrow Clubs to help local children in medical crises. Provides a grant for the ill child that local children/schoolmates/friends earn by doing community service or fund raising.
National Children's Cancer Society
Financial assistance programs include: meals during treatment, transportation to and from treatment, long-distance telephone cards, lodging during treatment, health-insurance premiums, and medical expenses not covered by insurance.
Drug Assistance Programs
Information and assistance in utilizing Patient Assistant Programs and other health resources to access free medication programs in financial need situations. The program provides information, and applications to apply to over 170 programs offering more than 1,000 brand name medications.
An information source in trying to help obtain medications.
Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Assistance Association
Ped-Onc Resource Center Financial Assistance Page