Financial Assistance & Free Services

Dealing with cancer can get very expensive and complicated. But there are resources out there to help you with medical bills, prescription expenses, legal assistance, insurance coverage, careers, household costs and more. You can even find free services such as cleaning and transportation! Be sure to look at these resources to see what might be available to you.

Local Resources


Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans (CAGNO)

This New Orleans non-profit provides financial assistance for medication, gas for transportation, breast forms, wigs, and a variety of other supplies. Their new partnership with Breastoration offers financial assistance to women who cannot afford their breast reconstruction surgeries.

http://www.cagno.org/wp/services-offered/patient-services/

Capital Area Transit System

Baton Rouge's Capital Area Transit System (CATS) on Demand offers ground transportation services to qualified individuals with a disability that cannot utilize the city bus system. The CATS on Demand fare is $1.75 per person each way.

https://www.brcats.com/cats-on-demand

Cenla Medication Access Program

This program provides LA residents that meet income guidelines and do not have Medicaid, Medicare, or prescription coverage with financial assistance for chronic care prescription medications.

http://www.cmaprx.org/site/

Community Christian Concern

Short-term emergency assistance with food and clothing to individuals in the Slidell area. Services also include financial counseling, and spiritual and guidance counseling.

http://www.cccslidell.org/

DEMCO Foundation

This Baton Rouge-based service offers financial assistance for various needs, such as medical bills, shelter, pharmacy and medical supplies, utility assistance and more.

http://www.demco.org/community/demco-foundation/application-assistance

Ethel Precht Breast Cancer Foundation

Based in Lake Charles, LA, this foundation offers a support group for breast cancer survivors and a financial assistance program exclusively for patients in Cameron and Calcasieu parishes. Depending on a patient's eligibility, the foundation helps cover medical expenses, travel, hotel fees, bras, prothesis, wigs, scarves, and lymphedema sleeves.

http://ethelbreastcancerwalk.org/index.html

LouisianaLawHelp.org

This site provides free legal resources and help for the state of Louisiana.

http://louisianalawhelp.org/

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

This statewide program offers eligible households financial assistance meeting their monthly utility bills.

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ocs/programs/liheap/about

Lydia Cancer Association

This organization provides financial assistance for prescriptions, medical expenses, utilities, and food for patients in Iberia, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion parishes.

http://www.lydiacancerassociation.org/

Medicaid

Louisiana’s Medicaid Program provides health coverage for low-income residents that meet eligibility requirements. If someone does not qualify, a Medicaid specialist will research other types of assistance available.

http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/319

Pilots for Patients

This nonprofit volunteer pilot organization based in Monroe, LA provides free air transportation to patients in financial need who require diagnosis and treatments at medical facilities not available to them locally. PFP provides services to patients in Louisiana and surrounding areas.

http://www.pilotsforpatients.org/

Samaritan Center

A Christian organization providing need-based assistance with food, clothing, personal hygiene, and other needs to individuals in the Mandeville area. The website also includes a list of medical and job placement resources.

http://samcen.org/

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

This non-profit law office offers free legal aid for civil issues to low-income southeast Louisiana residents.

https://slls.org/

Total Community Action

TCA connects New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana residents to programs offering assistance with food, utilities, financial counseling, youth programs, and other resources. They also offer a credit union.

http://www.tca-nola.org/

National Resources


All 4 One Alliance

This group provides women with financial assistance in purchasing products they need after surgery such as breast forms, mastectomy bras, radiation bras, and compression apparel for survivors with lymphedema.

http://www.all4onealliance.org/

American Breast Cancer Foundation

The ABCF provides direct financial assistance to uninsured and underserved women and men of all ages for breast cancer screening and diagnostic tests through the Breast Cancer Assistance Program, Community Partnership Program, and the Community Advocacy Program.

http://www.abcf.org

American Cancer Society - Understanding Financial and Legal Matters

They provide information on financial management and the legal rights of cancer patients and their families.

https://www.cancer.org/treatment/finding-and-paying-for-treatment/understanding-financial-and-legal-matters.html

American Cancer Society - Understanding Health Insurance

Check out the financial and legal information on private and government insurance plans and sources of financial aid for cancer patients.

https://www.cancer.org/treatment/finding-and-paying-for-treatment/understanding-health-insurance.html

Angel Flight

A nonprofit organization created by a group of pilots who volunteer to arrange free air transportation for any legitimate, charitable, medically related need. Angel Flight serves patients needing transportation around the Heartland region, and can arrange transportation in other areas of the country in coordination with healthcare organizations.

http://www.angelflight.com/

Assurance Wireless

Keeping up with cancer treatment often requires a phone. Assurance Wireless provides eligible customers a free cell phone and free or low-cost data plans.

http://www.assurancewireless.com/Public/Welcome.aspx

Avon Foundation for Women

The Avon Foundation for Women, specifically through the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program, links medically underserved women to breast health education and screening services. The foundation provides targeted, customized approaches to help low-income, underinsured, and other marginalized populations obtain regular mammograms and clinical breast exams.

http://www.avonbhop.org

Breast Cancer Freebies

This site lists the many "freebies" available to breast cancer survivors to help them with access to FREE wigs, hats, make-up, house cleaning, transportation and more.

https://breastcancerfreebies.com/

Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund

Struggling to pay for the things health insurance doesn't cover? The Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund (BMCF) offers one-time grants of up to $500 to patients 18-40 who are currently undergoing cancer treatment. Typical grants cover medical co-payments, rent and mortgage, transportation, care insurance, repairs, and groceries.

http://bmcf.net/index.htm

Cancer 1 Source

Need help covering the cost of genetic testing, breast prothesis, wigs, medications, or other breast cancer related costs? Cancer 1 Source offers need-based financial aid!

http://www.cancer1source.org/get-help

Cancer and Careers

Cancer and Careers provides information, tools, and support for employees working through cancer, as well as their employers. They offer educational materials, seminars, career coaching, interactive tools for survivors currently employed and those looking for work. They cover everything from resume writing to knowing your legal rights as a cancer survivor.

http://www.cancerandcareers.org/en

Cancer Care

This program offers financial assistance for treatment-related costs, such as transportation, home care and child care, as well as assistance with copays.

http://www.cancercare.org/financial_assistance

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition

The coalition helps cancer patients manage their financial challenges by providing financial education and connecting patients with financial resources.

http://www.cancerfac.org/

Cancer Insurance Checklist

The Checklist compares health insurance plans to help you choose the best plan in your state if you have cancer, a history of cancer, or are at risk. The website also offers a comprehensive glossary of insurance and health care terminology.

http://www.cancerinsurancechecklist.org/

Christians Overcoming Cancer

This faith-based nonprofit organization helps people meet personal, non-medical financial obligations while undergoing cancer treatment.

http://www.christiansovercomingcancer.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=81&Itemid=159

Cleaning for a Reason

Cleaning for a Reason is a nonprofit organization that partners with maid services to offer free house cleaning services to women undergoing cancer treatment.

http://www.cleaningforareason.org/

Coupon Chief-Retail Savings Guide for People with Disabilities

A compilation of discounts and special offers available to offset the financial strain of disability and disease!

https://www.couponchief.com/guides/savings_guide_for_those_with_disability

Hair To Stay

This nonprofit organization offers need-based grants to offset the expense of scalp cooling systems for chemotherapy patients.

http://www.hairtostay.org/application/

HealthInsurance.org

This website offers consumer information on health and medical coverage and provides health insurance quotes. It also features state insurance guides and a health insurance glossary.

http://www.healthinsurance.org/

Help Now Fund

This fund provides patients in active breast cancer treatment with one-time emergency financial assistance, up to $1000, for rent and utility bills. Applications are accepted only from the 1st through the 5th of each month and must be submitted by a social worker, doctor, or nurse.

http://www.thebreastcancercharities.org/help-now-fund/

Job Accommodation Network

One-on-one consulting about job accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) over the phone and online. Their website features suggestions on how people with cancer can be accommodated in the workplace.

http://askjan.org/

Just Great Lawyers - Legal Resources for Patients

This resource offers a forum to ask attorneys legal questions, and will help connect you with local attorneys if you believe your rights have been violated. Information on cancer survivors' legal rights regarding insurance, treatment, and employment is also offered.

https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/legal-resources-for-cancer-patients

Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation

This organization offers financial assistance to women under age 30 with breast cancer, for medical-related expenses only. Applicants must provide a driver's license, birth certificate, medical bills, and a letter from the patient's doctor.

http://www.kristylasch.org/index.php/assistance/requirements

Mama Mare Breast Cancer Foundation

This foundation offers the Survivors Thrive Grant Program that benefits patients with breast cancer who have significant financial burdens specifically from medical surgeries, treatments, or hospitalization related to their breast cancer. Those within 1-2 years of treatment and with medical debt may receive this 1-time grant; 90% of funding is allotted specifically for New Jersey residents.

http://www.mamamare.org/survivorsthrive.html

Money Geek

This guide explains your employee rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It also offers job hunting advice, and recommendations on how to ask for accommodations at work.

https://www.moneygeek.com/careers/resources/workers-with-disabilities-and-ada/

My Hope Chest

Breast reconstruction funding for breast cancer survivors who are uninsured or underinsured.

http://www.myhopechest.org/

National Cancer Legal Services Network

This network helps link cancer survivors with free legal services and educational resources on the legal issues cancer survivors face.

http://www.nclsn.org/

Needy Meds

This site links patients to prescription assistance, low-cost health care facilities, and other financial aid programs for medical needs.

http://www.needymeds.org/newuser

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

This service connects qualified patients without prescription drug coverage to programs that will allow them to get their medication at a reduced cost or for free.

http://www.pparx.org/

Patient Advocate Foundation

Educational information, online webinars, and live chat sessions with case managers on employment, job retention, and other financial issues. The also offer a co-pay relief program.

http://www.patientadvocate.org/

Pink Perfect

Pink Perfect produces realistic custom-made and ready-made adhesive silicone nipples for women who have undergone unilateral or bilateral mastectomies.

http://www.pink-perfect.com/

Right Action for Women: Christina Applegate Foundation

Assists uninsured or under insured women at increased risk for breast cancer with the costs of breast cancer screening.

http://www.rightactionforwomen.org/assistance/

RxAssist

Check out this comprehensive database of pharmaceutical financial aid programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.

http://www.rxassist.org/

Single Mothers Assistance

A list of financial services for single moms who need help with food, utility bills, medical bills and medications, eviction prevention, phone discounts, and more.

http://singlemothersgrants.org/single-mothers-assistance-in-louisiana/

Smiley Wiley Breast Cancer Foundation

Patients with medical insurance who are having trouble meeting their insurance deductibles and treatment costs can apply for maximum of $5,000 in financial assistance from Smiley Wiley. Eligible patients can apply once yearly and must be currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer and have a household income of $55,000.

http://www.smileywiley.org/get_help

Surviving and Moving Forward: The SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer

SAMFund offers grants and financial education to cancer survivors between the ages of 21 and 39, helping them regain their financial footing.

http://www.thesamfund.org/

The Catherine H. Tuck Foundation

The Catherine Fund Grant Program provides financial aid grants for basic, non-medical life necessities to women and men with breast cancer, who are struggling financially as a direct result of the diagnosis and treatment. Patients must be in active treatment (within 3 months of breast cancer surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation), have a financial hardship as a direct result of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, have less than $5,000 in liquid assets, and be able to provide documentation that they have been employed for 4 of the 12 months before diagnosis.

http://www.catherinefund.org/Get-Help.html

The Pink Daisy Project

This project provides short-term assistance for women under age 45 who are within 3 months of breast cancer treatment or reconstruction due to breast cancer. To help patients offset their budget, the assistance is provided in the form of gift cards for groceries, restaurants, and gas.

http://www.pinkdaisyproject.com/need-help.html

The Pink Fund

If you can't work because of your breast cancer diagnosis or treatment, the Pink Fund can provide direct bill payment for medical bills, housing, utilities, or car payments. Applicants must be within 90 days of active treatment.

http://www.pinkfund.org/

Together Rx Access

Use their free prescription assistance card if you don't have prescription drug coverage to help pay for medication.

http://www.togetherrxaccess.com/

Triage Cancer's Finances Toolkit

This Toolkit will provide you with the information you need to make important financial decisions after a cancer diagnosis. By answering a series of questions, we will guide you to the information and resources most relevant to you.

https://cancerfinances.org/

United Breast Cancer Foundation

For patients who are currently being treated for breast cancer or are within 3 to 5 years of remission, this foundation offers and Individual Grant (for medical, insurance, living, and travel expenses), Holistic Care Individual Grant (for diet and nutritional services, as well as mind-body therapies and treatments), and Breast Reconstruction Grant (for breast reconstructive surgery). All eligible applicants will receive assistance. To be eligible, patients must have a household income of less than 2.5 times the federal poverty level and are required to make a "Pay it Forward Contribution" of either $25 or $50 (depending on the grant).

http://www.ubcf.org/programs/program-application-index

Louisiana's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Louisiana, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurviveDAT is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveDAT's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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