National Patient Assistance Programs

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The Pink Fund distributes short-term financial aid, for basic living expenses, on behalf of breast cancer patients who have lost all or a part of their income during active treatment.  Payments are made directly to the patient’s creditors.  Aid may be available for patients during recovery, up to 90 days post active treatment. Basic living expenses considered are health insurance premiums, mortgage or rent payments, car payments, car insurance, or utilities.  The Pink Fund does not make payments for any medical treatments, prescription drugs (including hormone therapy), medical co- pays, insurance deductibles, prostheses, wigs, food, gasoline, or car repairs.

The Breast Cancer Charities Help Now Fund is a program for breast cancer patients providing one-time emergency financial assistance (up to $500) for rent and utility bills. The Help Now Fund program accepts applications monthly from the 1st through the 7th. Applications received after the 7th will not be considered for funding and applications are not held. To apply for the Help Now Fund, the patient and Medical Personnel or Social Worker from the treatment facility need to fill out the application together. For verification purposes, the application must be submitted by medical personnel or social worker. Applications will not be accepted from patients.

CancerCare.org offers limited assistance with cancer-related costs including transportation to and from cancer treatment, home care, child care, pain medication, and lymphedema supplies (breast cancer only).  In order to be eligible for financial assistance patients must: have a diagnosis of cancer confirmed by an oncology health care provider, be in active cancer treatment, live in the U.S. or Puerto Rico, and meet eligibility guidelines of 250% of the Federal Poverty Limit.

The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps people being treated for cancer afford co-payments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment drugs, ensuring their access to care for prescribed treatments. Funding is currently available for metastatic breast cancer. Individuals or families with incomes of up to four times the federal poverty level may qualify. Patients must be covered by private insurance or an employer-sponsored health plan or have Medicare Part B, Medicare Part D, or a Medicare Advantage Plan (Medicare C). Privately insured patients are encouraged to contact the drug company who manufactures the medication prior to contacting the Foundation. Drug companies have several types of programs available to assist patients taking their medications. Non-metastatic breast cancer patients, or those without insurance, should call 866-55-COPAY (866-552-6729) to learn about other assistance programs that can help.

The Chronic Disease Fund, Inc. is an independent, non-profit 501(c)3 organization established in 2003. CDF provides financial assistance to underinsured patients diagnosed with chronic or life-altering disease that requires the use of specialty therapeutics. CDF offers assistance for the following cancer-related diagnoses: breast cancer, chronic iron overload, colorectal cancer, liver cancer, melanoma, multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndrome, non-small lung cancer, pancreatic cancer. Patients must have medical insurance coverage, been prescribed a medication that is part of the CDF Formulary and meet the program income criteria.  Patients must complete and sign an Application and HIPAA Authorization form, as well as provide proof of income.  All enrollment forms are processed the same day they are received.  The CDF cannot guarantee that funding will be available.  Once approved, patients are provided enough funding to cover their treatment for the balance of the calendar year.

The Patient Access Network Foundation (PANF) provides co-payment assistance to patients who have insurance, but lack the means to pay for out-of-pocket costs for their medications or infusions.  Requirements include:

  • Patient is insured and insurance covers the medication for which the patient seeks assistance.
  • The medication must treat the disease directly.
  • Patient’s income must be below a designated percentage of the Federal Poverty Level, depending on individual fund requirements.
  • Patient is prescribed a high cost drug for the disease, depending on individual fund requirements.
  • Patient must reside and receive treatment in the US.

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) has partnered with Susan G. Komen to launch the Komen Treatment Assistance Program Financial Aid Fund ensuring breast cancer patients across the nation have access to monetary support that can bring needed relief during treatment. 

Eligible patients include those who have been diagnosed and are in active treatment for breast cancer that fall within 250% or less of the federal poverty limits. Qualified patients may use the one time grant of $300 to cover expenses for lymphedema care and supplies, durable medical equipment, transportation costs associated with getting to and from treatment, prosthesis and wigs, or childcare and/or eldercare necessitated by treatment. 

Call 855.824.7941 or 855.824-7941.

The HealthWell Foundation addresses the needs of individuals who cannot afford their insurance copayments, premiums, coinsurance, or other out-of-pocket health care costs. Patients will be asked to provide HealthWell with their diagnosis, which must be verified by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant’s signature. Patients must receive treatment in the United States.  Patients must have some form of health insurance (major medical or prescription drug) that covers part of the cost of their medication. HealthWell cannot consider Health Savings Accounts (HSA), Health Retirement Accounts (HRA), or drug discount cards to be insurance. The HealthWell Foundation considers an individual’s financial, medical, and insurance status when determining who is eligible for assistance. Financial criteria are based upon multiples of the federal poverty level, which takes into account a family’s size. Families with incomes up to four times the federal poverty level may qualify. HealthWell also considers the cost of living in a particular city or state.

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