The financial costs associated with cancer are often overwhelming. These costs can include co-payments, medications, transportation and living expenses such as rent/mortgage, utilities, car payments, insurance and food. Even with insurance, most people will have out-of-pocket costs for their medical care. Co-payment assistance foundations can help.

Nonprofit Programs For Co-Pay Relief

Each program has its own eligibility requirements, so please contact them to learn more.

CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation helps people afford co- payments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment drugs. This critical assistance helps ensure patient access to care and compliance with prescribed treatments. Visit www.cancercarecopay.org or call 866-55-COPAY for more information.

Good Days helps patients suffering from chronic medical conditions who have limited financial means get access to the medications they need, as well as other important resources. Their program helps qualified patients pay their insurance co-pays, health care premiums, diagnostic testing and travel costs related to treatment. Visit www.mygooddays.org or call 877-968-7233 for more information.

HealthWell Foundation provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to cover coinsurance, co-payments, health care premiums, deductibles, pediatric treatment costs and travel expenses. Also, if a person is eligible for health insurance, but cannot afford the insurance premium, HealthWell Foundation may be able to assist with insurance premiums. Visit www.healthwellfoundation.org or call 800-675-8416 for more information.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Co-Pay Assistance Program is dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. Their co-pay assistance program offers a variety of services, including an Information Specialist Call Center, co-payment assistance, health care premium assistance and limited financial assistance, including non-medical expenses (subject to available funding). Visit www.lls.org/copay or call 877-557-2672 for more information.

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) provides assistance programs to help patients obtain life-saving or life-sustaining medication they could not otherwise afford. These programs provide medication, financial assistance with insurance premiums and co-pays, diagnostic testing assistance and travel assistance for clinical trials or consultation with disease specialists. They also have a Rare Caregiver Respite Program that provides assistance with respite care. Visit www.rarediseases.org or call 800-999-6673 for more information.

Patient Access Network Foundation is dedicated to helping federally and commercially insured patients with their out-of-pocket expenses for prescribed medications, co-pays, health care premiums and travel expenses. Visit www.panfoundation.org or call 866-316-7263 for more information.

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) Co-Pay Relief Program provides assistance with co-pays, health care premiums and deductibles to people with chronic, life-threatening and debilitating illnesses. Additionally, they have professional case management services to assist patients. PAF case managers serve as active liaisons between the patient and their insurer, employer and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job retention and/or debt crisis matters. Visit www.copays.org or call 866-512-3861 for more information.

Patient Services Incorporated is committed to providing financial support and guidance for qualified patients with specific, rare chronic diseases. They provide assistance for health care premiums, prescription and treatment co-pays and travel assistance. Visit www.patientservicesinc.org or call 800-366-7741 for more information.

Edited by Sarah Kelly, MSW, LCSW-R