Government and foundation programs can help with some of the expenses associated with cancer treatment.
Government assistance programs
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federally funded program that provides monthly payments to the elderly and blind, and disabled children and adults, if medical and financial eligibility criteria are met. Contact the Social Security Administration for information.
Medical Assistance (Medicaid) — Pennsylvania is a state program that helps families who qualify to pay for medical expenses. Children with serious disabilities who live in Pennsylvania are eligible for Medicaid regardless of their parents' income. Children who meet the medical criteria for disability under SSI but whose parents' income makes them ineligible for SSI may qualify for Medicaid. Many children who have cancer meet the SSI standard of disability. In order to apply, contact your local Department of Public Assistance office or the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
American Cancer Society (ACS) may be able to help with non-medical expenses such as wigs, transportation, wheelchairs, hospital beds and non-medical bills. ACS is based in each county and services may vary from chapter to chapter. Call 888-227-5445 or visit them online to learn more.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) has a Patient Aid Program ($500 per year) that can help with things such as transportation costs to and from medical appointments or medications not covered by insurance. They also offer a co-pay assistance program for certain diagnoses. Call and ask for the patient services manager. Northern New Jersey (908) 956-6600, Southern New Jersey (856) 638-1250, and Pennsylvania (610) 238-0360
National Children's Cancer Society (NCCS) can help provide financial assistance to families for non-medical expenses such as travel reimbursement, meals for inpatient hospital stays, phone cards and lodging. Call 1-800-5-FAMILY or visit them online.
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