Resources

National Cancer Institute

Patient Access Network Foundation is a nonprofit foundation offering financial assistance to underinsured patients with chronic or life-threatening illnesses for who cost limits access to specialty medications or treatment. Website features disease-specific fund status information and online application for assistance.

The Mesothelioma Center is a comprehensive resource on the dangers of asbestos exposure and the related diseases caused by asbestos. This includes mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and more. Free support resources are available as well as 1-on-1 help with our specialized patient advocacy center.

Dusty Joy Foundation | A Non-Profit Lung Cancer Advocate Dusty Joy Foundation advances lung cancer education and awareness, early detection and compassion for those impacted by lung cancer. Their Facebook page. Link to Facebook page

CanSAR: Cancer Survivors Against Radon is dedicated to saving lives by preventing radon-induced lung cancer through awareness, education and action. Telling our stories of radioactive radon gas and lung cancer to physicians, legislators, professionals, and community groups, we hope to prevent this from happening to others.

GRACE – Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education is a nonprofit that was developed by cancer experts to provide the most credible and timely information directly to patients and caregivers, at no cost. This includes blog summaries and commentary, video content, and an interactive question and answer forum in which patients and caregivers can interact directly with cancer experts.

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) offers free case management assistance with specific issues patients are facing with their insurer, employer and/or creditor regarding insurance, job retention and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis of a life threatening or debilitating disease. Professional case managers specialize in mediation, negotiation and arbitration and advocate on behalf of patients. Case managers help in many ways to include assisting with insurance appeals, finding resources to help with the financial aspects of medical care and assist in expediting federal and state program assistance applications.

The Co-Pay Relief program within Patient Advocate Foundation assists insured patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries, with pharmaceutical co-payments. Co-Pay assistance is administered by diagnosis, and patients must qualify financially and medically. Co-Pay Relief specialists assist patients with the initial qualifications and application process and then personally guide them through expenditure reimbursement processes. The program offers innovative technology tools for patients, providers and pharmacy representatives including 24 hour web based application portals, electronic signature, document upload and bar code fax routing capabilities, increasing the speed with which an approval can be granted and expenditure can be paid.

Patient Advocate Foundation Resources wants you to know that you are not alone when dealing with healthcare needs and there are national and regional resources dedicated to improve access to quality care and decrease the financial burden of medical treatment. The National Underinsured and Uninsured Resource Directories are intended to intelligently narrow the vast and overwhelming number of potential local, state and national resources available to help. Finding the best options for your situation no longer needs to be a nightmare! By sorting based on specific information, this online tool helps to navigate and identify valuable tools as you seek options to manage the cost and access to your medical care.