The Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC), a joint program of the Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School, is a nonprofit program providing free and confidential information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to cancer survivors, their families, friends, employers, health care professionals, and others coping with cancer. CLRC does not provide legal advice, legal expert referrals, direct legal representation, or financial assistance.
The CLRC provides information about relevant laws and resources for many cancer-related issues including, but not limited to:
• Health insurance coverage/managed care and denial of benefits
• Navigating managed care/HMO's
• Medicare and Medicaid
• Government benefits (SSI, SSDI or state disability insurance)
• Life insurance issues
• Disability insurance issues
• Genetic Discrimination
• Custody/guardianship of minor children
• Conservatorship (person responsible for a person and the person's property if deemed incompetent)
• Financial powers of attorney
• Residency/immigration/INS issues
• Travel visas for medical treatment in U.S.
• Webinars and Recorded Presentations: CLRC webinars and recorded presentations are free and open to cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, health care professionals, and others coping with cancer. People can participate by phone or online. See website for specifics.
• Telephone Assistance Line: Callers can receive free and confidential information about relevant laws and resources for their particular situation. Members of the CLRC's Professional Panel of attorneys, insurance agents, and accountants can provide additional assistance. An intake form is also available online; callers may complete intake form, and email, fax, or mail it to CLRC.
• Professional Panel: While the CLRC provides critical information and resources that help individuals deal with their problems, the CLRC does not provide them with direct legal advice or representation. Sometimes, the CLRC’s callers require legal advice or direct advocacy in order to resolve their concerns. The CLRC refers these individuals to attorneys or other professionals on the CLRC’s Professional Panel who practices in their geographic area and have expertise in the area of their inquiry. The Panel member agrees to provide a CLRC caller with a minimum of a 30-minute consultation, in person or on the telephone. Any further representation is up to the Panel member and the referred CLRC caller.