Health Insurance and Financial Assistance for the Cancer Patient

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Getting answers to insurance-related questions

Questions about insurance coverage often come up during treatment. Here are some tips for dealing with insurance-related questions:

  • Speak with the insurer or managed care provider’s customer service department.
  • Ask the cancer care team social worker for help.
  • Hospitals, clinics, and doctors’ offices often have someone who can help you fill out claims for insurance coverage or reimbursement. A case manager or a financial assistance counselor may be able to help guide you through what can be a complicated process.
  • Talk with the consumer advocacy office of the government agency that oversees your insurance plan. (See the section “Who regulates insurance plans?”)
  • Learn about the insurance laws that protect the public. Call your American Cancer Society National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-227-2345. You might also visit www.healthcare.gov/using-insurance/understanding/rights/index.html for more information.

Last Medical Review: 12/31/2013
Last Revised: 10/13/2014