- Covering the costs of cancer treatment
- Private health insurance options
- Types of private health plans, and what you must pay
- Other things to know about health insurance
- Getting answers to insurance-related questions
- Keeping records of insurance and medical care costs
- When you have problems paying a medical bill
- Handling a claim denial
- Keeping employer-sponsored health insurance coverage
- COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act of 1986)
- The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
- The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993
- The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990
- Government-funded health plans
- Who regulates insurance plans?
- Financial issues: Getting help with living expenses
- Getting money from life insurance policies
- Other sources of financial help
- Disability benefits
- To learn more
Covering the costs of cancer treatment
When you’re told you have cancer, how to pay for your care is not usually the first thing that comes to mind. But having health insurance coverage for your cancer treatment and all of the needed follow-up care is critical for most people.
Some people must work out money issues before they can even start treatment. For others, affording care can become a problem after treatment begins. Either way, it takes time and energy to manage your medical bills, insurance, and finances. This can be especially hard when you have cancer.
Here, we’ll look at some of the new and existing resources that may be available to help people with cancer afford the care they need. Some of these resources can be helpful if you don’t have health coverage. They include government programs that help low-income people get cancer screenings or treatment, disability benefits, aid from voluntary organizations, and living benefits from life insurance policies, including viaticals (these will be explained later on). Even if you have health insurance, you may find out that it doesn’t cover all the costs involved. And even if you are well-insured, cancer can still cause financial problems.
It’s important to have accurate, up-to-date information and a good understanding of your financial situation and insurance coverage. And, if your monthly health insurance premiums are not deducted from your paycheck, it’s important to make sure you pay them on time to keep the coverage you have. Having no health insurance can be scary, but there are still options.
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Last Medical Review: 11/04/2014
Last Revised: 11/04/2014