Covering the costs of cancer treatment

If your child has been diagnosed with cancer, how to pay for treatment is usually not the first thing that comes to mind. But having health insurance coverage for cancer treatment and all of the needed follow-up care is critical for most people.

Even if your child has health insurance, you’ll find that it doesn’t cover all the costs involved. There are many extra expenses that come with illness. For instance, transportation, a place to stay while your child is being treated, food, and child care for other children in your family are not part of your health plan. A parent may have to take unpaid time off work or give up a job because of treatment schedules. (See our document, Family and Medical Leave Act for more about taking time off but keeping your job.) One or both parents missing time at work may cause a serious loss of income. Even if your child is well-insured, cancer can cause financial problems.

It’s important to have accurate, up-to-date information and a good understanding of your financial situation and your child’s insurance coverage. And, if monthly health insurance premiums are not deducted from your paycheck, it’s important to pay them on time to keep the coverage your child has.

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Last Medical Review: November 13, 2014 Last Revised: January 8, 2015

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