Resources

Insurance and Benefits Assistance

BenefitsCheckUp

BenefitsCheckUp is a free service of the National Council on Aging, a nonprofit service and advocacy organization in Washington, DC. Many adults over 55 need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other basic needs. There are over 2,000 federal, state and private benefits programs available to help. But many people don’t know these programs exist or how they can apply. BenefitsCheckUp asks a series of questions to help identify benefits that could save money and cover the costs of everyday expenses. For more information, call 202.479.1200 or visit www.benefitscheckup.org.


Cancer Insurance Checklist

The Cancer Insurance Checklist is designed to help you when shopping for insurance on your state’s Health Insurance Marketplace/Exchange if you have cancer, a history of cancer, or are at risk for cancer. Use the Checklist to compare insurance plans and compare costs in order to choose the plan that's best for you. Visit www.cancerinsurancechecklist.org, or in Spanish, visit http://www.cancerinsurancechecklist.org/es/.


Caring Voices Coalition

Caring Voice Coalition is dedicated to improving the lives of patients with chronic illnesses. Our organization continues to accomplish its mission by offering outreach services that provide financial, emotional and educational support. Specific support areas include financial assistance, insurance coverage, therapy appeals, social security disability and patient education on available services.

For more information, visit www.caringvoice.org or call 888.267.1440.


Department of Veterans Affairs

Eligible veterans and their dependents may receive cancer treatment at a Veterans Administration Medical Center. For more information, visit www.va.gov or call 877.222.8387.


Medicaid

Medicaid is a program supported by both federal and state funds in the U.S. and it is administered on the state level, meaning that eligibility guidelines and benefits available may differ considerably between states. Medicaid is intended to help individuals and families pay their medical expenses and eligibility is primarily based on income although certain factors such as age or disability may be considered. For more information including contact information for your local Medicaid office, visit www.medicaid.gov.


Medicare

Medicare is a program supported by the U.S. federal government that provides health insurance for people over 65 years of age or people under 65 years of age with certain disabilities. For more information, visit www.medicare.gov.

Medicare Formulary Finder for Prescription Drug Plans

The Formulary Finder for Prescription Drug Plans will allow you to find plans in your state that match your required drug list. Visit this web page to access this resource: http://plancompare.medicare.gov/pfdn/FormularyFinder/LocationSearch


State Health Insurance Assistance Program

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a national program that offers one-on-one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare and their families. Through federal grants directed to states, SHIP provides free counseling and assistance via telephone and face-to-face interactive sessions, public education presentations and programs, and media activities. For more information, visit www.shiptalk.org.


Triage Cancer

Triage Cancer helps survivors, caregivers, health care professionals, and advocates to navigate cancer survivorship though educational events, a national Speakers Bureau, and online tools and resources. For more informations, visit triagecancer.org.

Available Triage Cancer resources of interest:

Financial Big Picture Spreadsheet: This customizable document is designed to help people collect all of the relevant information about their financial status.

A comprehensive resource directory for financial assistance programs.

Making Sense of the Medicare Maze - recorded webinar

A new Quick Guide on Reasonable Accommodations that provides information about what they are, examples, and tips on how to request them.

Updated information on state laws around employer's ability to conduct credit checks on their employees, and states with oral chemotherapy parity laws.

Links to search for legislation in each state.

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