The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been a challenging time, but it is especially so for cancer patients and survivors, who are at a greater risk of getting sicker if they become infected with the virus.
On top of that, there are many financial hardships due to this crisis. If you’re experiencing financial hardship or emotional distress during these uncertain times, remember that you are not alone. It is understandable to feel concerned, anxious or upset. Below are some resources to help you navigate financial challenges.
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- CancerCare Financial Assistance
Learn more about CancerCare’s Financial Assistance Program and the CancerCare Co-payment Assistance Foundation.
Due to unprecedented demand for financial assistance, CancerCare is unable to accept any additional applications for its COVID-19 fund. They are seeking additional support so they can reopen the COVID-19 fund as quickly as possible.
- Colorectal Cancer Alliance
These crisis financial assistance funds are designated for colorectal cancer patients in treatment. Funds may be used for any daily living expenses such as household bills, childcare, transportation costs, or food. Eligible applicants who are U.S. residents may receive a $200 award.
- Family Reach
If eligible, families fighting cancer may receive support through Family Reach’s direct financial assistance program for everyday living expenses.
- Healthwell Foundation COVID-19 Fund
This fund provides up to $250 in assistance with ancillary costs associated with COVID-19, such as assistance with costs associated with delivered food, medication, diagnostics, transportation, and telehealth as a result of COVID-19 risk or incidence. For more information, visit Healthwell Foundation.
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society COVID-19 Assistance Program
This is an individual one-time $250 stipend per eligible patient to help with non-medical expenses, such as food, housing, utilities, transportation, and other needs. Patients do not need to have a COVID-19 diagnosis and there are no income criteria to qualify.
- Lungevity Breathe Easier Emergency Response Fund
Lung cancer patients and their families who meet eligibility criteria may apply to receive financial support to cover expenses during the COVID-19 public health emergency. LUNGevity’s Breathe Easier fund will offer $500 in financial assistance.
- Lymphoma Research Foundation COVID-19 Financial Assistance Grant
The Lymphoma Research Foundation’s COVID-19 related financial assistance provides limited financial assistance for people with lymphoma/CLL in active treatment to help with costs including food, transportation, lodging or housing, utilities, childcare, and/or devices (e.g., canes, wheelchairs, ramps, air filters).
- PAN Foundation COVID-19 Financial Support Fund
To help affected patients cope with unprecedented financial stress relating to the COVID-19 outbreak the Patient Access Network Foundation is providing direct assistance of $300 on a pre-paid debit card for individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or directed to self-quarantine due to COVID-19. Eligible patients can use the financial support for treatment expenses for COVID-19, over-the-counter and prescription medications, medical equipment and supplies, and groceries and meals, including delivery services.
- Rx Outreach Enrollment Expansion
Rx Outreach is temporarily expanding the guidelines on its medication program to assist individuals and families who are facing severe financial hardships because of COVID-19. Rx Outreach is the nation’s largest, non-profit, fully licensed, mail-order pharmacy.
- Tigerlily Foundation Funds for Families COVID-19 Relief Program
Tigerlily Foundation now offers financial grants to breast cancer patients through the Funds for Families COVID-19 Relief Program. The program provides financial assistance to families based on need. Financial assistance is limited to a one-time grant of between $250 to $500 per applicant.