Managing Insurance Issues

Health insurance can be a maze that few people fully understand. Here you can get information on issues surrounding private and government insurance plans, as well as other possible sources of financial help.

Health Insurance and Financial Assistance for the Cancer Patient

As a cancer patient, you may have financial resources available to help you. Here you can learn about private health insurance, government-funded insurance plans, options if you are uninsured, financial issues and possible sources of help, health insurance risk pools, and other resources that may be available to you.

Medicaid and the Health Care Law

Medicaid is a government program that covers the cost of medical care for low-income people who meet certain criteria. Learn more here.

How Health Insurance Works

The health care law makes it easier for more people to buy health insurance on their own. It also requires most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.

The Health Insurance Marketplace

The new health care law will give some cancer patients, survivors, and their families – as well as others who need to buy health insurance on their own –the opportunity to shop for a plan on a website called a health insurance marketplace (also called a health insurance exchange). Learn more here.


Medicare is a government-funded health insurance program for people 65 or older or who have certain disabilities. Click here to learn more about Medicare and its coverage of services for the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer.

Prescription Drug Assistance Programs

Find out about public and private resources that can help people with the cost of their medicines. Some of these programs have options for buying drugs at discounted prices. Others help people who cannot afford any part of their medicine costs.

What is COBRA?

Learn about COBRA, the federal law that gives you the right to choose to temporarily keep the group health insurance benefits that you would otherwise lose after you reduce your working hours, quit your job, or lose your job.

What Is HIPAA?

Find out more about HIPAA, a law that protects millions of working Americans and their families who have medical conditions or who might have trouble getting medical insurance because of a medical condition that they had before they tried to buy health insurance.

Children Diagnosed With Cancer: Financial and Insurance Issues

If your child has been diagnosed with cancer, the last thing you want to think about is money. But families are usually forced to think about this issue sooner rather than later. Here we'll answer some of the most common questions about insurance and financial concerns.

Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act

Learn about the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA), a law that helps protect many women with breast cancer who choose to have their breast rebuilt (reconstructed) after a mastectomy.

The Cost of Cancer Treatment

Cancer can be a costly illness. It can take a toll on your health, your emotions, your time, your relationships – and your wallet. Here we offer you some tips on what costs you can expect and how to plan for and talk about them.

Working During and After Treatment

Whether you're planning on continuing to work during cancer treatment or returning to work once treatment is completed, information in this section can help you know what to expect.

Other Sources of Insurance Information

What happens if you can't work because of your treatment? Will you still be covered by insurance? And what if you have no insurance? Check out these links to outside resources for more information.