Co-Pay Relief Programs help people who have private insurance (or Medicare part D) but cannot afford their co-pays. No matter how much money you have, the out-of-pockets expenses associated with cancer can be tremendous. Even though we had excellent insurance coverage, we still racked up hundreds & hundreds of dollars a month in co-pays alone. We literally had a co-pay every time we walked into the Oncologist’s office. Alan’s first treatment regimen required that he visit the Oncologist’s office a minimum of 14 days every 5 weeks. And those co-pays sure add up quickly!
Below is a list of a few different Co-Pay Relief Foundations:
- Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief provides direct financial aid to qualified patients. You can complete an application online or by calling 1-866-512-3861. You must have one the following types of cancer to qualify: breast cancer, colon cancer, cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma, head & neck cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, malignant brain tumors, multiple myeloma, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, sarcoma. For more information, please visit their website at www.copays.org.
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Co-Pay Assistance Program helps patients pay insurance premiums and co-pays for blood cancer patients. For eligibility requirements, click HERE. To help cover expenses other than insurance premiums & co-pays, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society also offers a limited Patient Financial Aid Program for those patients that have qualified for co-pay assistance.
- CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation offers only co-pay assistance for qualified patients (no assistance with insurance premiums at this time). To see the most updated list of diseases that this foundation covers, click HERE. Should this fund be “closed” meaning they have run out of $$$ for a particular period, they will assist you in search for other patients assistance programs. CancerCare Financial Assistance help cover other costs like transportation, homecare, childcare & pain medication. Also check out their TIPS for FINDING ASSISTANCE, a great resource!