There are many resources that are available to help cancer patients. Most of us are aware of the American Cancer Society, Leukemia Cancer Society, and many others. Another organization you may not be as familiar with is the Patient Advocate Foundation. This foundation offers financial help for myeloma patients. But, like all other resources, you need to make sure you apply while the resources are available. Funds are on a first-come basis.
Let’s review some of the resources the Patient Advocate Foundation has available to individuals. *NOTE* These resources are available at no charge to patients.
To help patients navigate healthcare access and insurance issues.
For more information or assistance in using these resources: call (800) 532-5274 Mon-Fri from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST or through the website at www.patientadvocate.org
Patient Advocate Foundation offers patients direct financial assistance to reduce the burden of insurance co-payments so that patients can better afford their prescriptions. Patients are approved on a 12-month period and can reapply every year if necessary. They provide up to $12,000.00 in grants.
You can apply online at www.copays.org/diseases or by calling toll-free (866) 512-3861.
Please take advantage of this program. Even of you don’t think you may qualify. Many, many patients have been helped with their resources.
You can find other helpful financial resources here.
If you need help navigating the financial burden and impact of myeloma treatment and care consider working with a Myeloma Coach who has experience with financial resources. Myeloma Coaches are a patient or caregiver who volunteers their time to share what they've learned to help others. You can register and find a coach here. If you have experience navigating the financial impact of myeloma and are willing to help others, consider joining our team and Myeloma Coach.
about the author
Diahanna is the Financial Program Manager for the HealthTree Foundation. She specializes in providing financial help, resources and education for multiple myeloma patients. As a professional financial consultant and former caregiver of her husband who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, Diahanna perfectly understands the financial issues facing myeloma patients.