Emergency COVID-19 Resources (not specific to cancer)
For assistance with resources for rent, financial assistance for basic living needs, food, utilities, local, state, and federal resources, visit our community partners:
CANCER RESOURCE DIRECTORY
www.Cancer.org – American Cancer Society – Transportation to/from medical appointments: Road To Recovery program, ideally need 5 business days lead time to schedule. 800-227-2345
Co-Pay Assistance/Financial Resources
www.BreastCancerSolutions.org – Created to eliminate barriers to breast cancer treatment for patients experiencing financial hardship. Assists clients who would have otherwise delayed, stopped or been denied treatment. 866-960-9222 – Also offers the services of a mental health professional; Sylvia Nunez, MFT 949-470-1205. Spanish available
www.CancerCare.org – Provides limited financial assistance such as treatment-related transportation, child care, and home care. 800-813-4673
www.CancerCareCopay.org – Dedicated to helping patients afford copayments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment drugs. 800-813-4673
www.Cancerfac.org – Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (CFAC) – CFAC is a coalition of financial assistance organizations joining forces to help cancer patients experience better health and well-being by limiting financial challenges. Users can search a national database for organizations that help with a specific cancer diagnosis; or, find resources for a specific type of assistance or need. Internet only.
www.Copays.org – Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief provides direct financial assistance to qualified patients assisting with prescription drug co-payments. 866-512-3861
www.Dhcs.ca.gov Breast & Cervical Cancer Treatment Program – (Services Tab, Medi-Cal) – Low-income California residents who have breast and/or cervical cancer can enroll at a doctor’s office to get no-cost cancer treatment coverage as soon as possible after diagnosis.
www.Goodrx.com – This website helps people find the lowest prescription costs in their area. GoodRx features prices from 70,000 pharmacies, including the big chains, local pharmacies, and mail order companies. 1. Enter the name of your prescription and your location. 2. View current prices, discounts and coupons from local and mail-order pharmacies. 3. You can compare prices to get the lowest Rx cost in your area.
www.Healthwellfoundation.org – Helps individuals afford prescription medications they are taking for specific illnesses. The Foundation provides financial assistance to eligible patients to cover certain out-of-pocket health care costs, including: * Prescription drug coinsurance, co-payments, and deductibles * Health insurance premiums * Other selected out-of-pocket health care costs 800-675-8416
www.LLS.org – Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – The mission of LLS: Cure Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkins disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. 1-800-955-4572. LLS’s Co-Pay Assistance Program offers financial support toward the cost of insurance co-payments and/or insurance premium costs for prescription drugs. Patients must qualify both medically and financially for this program. Access the Copayment Assistance Resource Guide for Blood Cancer Patients for additional co-pay assistance resources. Call LLS-COPAY (877-557-2672).
www.Mygooddays.org – an independent, non-profit charitable organization assisting patients throughout the United States who meet income qualification guidelines and have private insurance or a Medicare Part D plan but cannot afford the cost of their specialty medications. We primarily help with chemotherapy. Spanish available; must be U.S. citizen & can reapply annually. 877-968-7233 972-608-7141 Office Hours are 8 am to 5 pm Central Time
www.Needymeds.com – A pharmaceutical industry-sponsored, non-profit program, providing cancer drugs at reduced costs to patients in need. The site also offers a myriad of information about other pharmaceutical assistance programs. 800-503-6897 Helpline
www.PANfoundation.org – Patient Access Network helps underinsured patients afford high deductibles and co-pays. 866-316-7263. PAN – (Medication co-payment assistance) Call the toll-free number to speak with a case manager (English or Spanish speaker) who can help you through the application process and answer any questions. The case manager will ask some simple questions to determine if you qualify. Eligibility: Patient is insured and insurance covers the medication for which the patient seeks assistance. Patient’s income must be below a designated percentage of the Federal Poverty Level. Patient is prescribed a high-cost drug for the disease. 866-316-7263
www.SSA.gov – Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits; including SSI (Supplemental Security Income). 800-772-1213
www.Edd.ca.gov State of California Employment Development Dept. Apply for SDI (State Disability Insurance and Unemployment. 800-480-3287 info 800-300-5616 claims
www.Edd.ca.gov – The Unemployment Insurance Program, commonly referred to as UI, provides weekly unemployment insurance payments for workers who lose their job through no fault of their own. The UI program is funded by employers who pay taxes on wages paid to employees. 800-300-5616 (English) 800-326-8937 (Spanish) 800-547-2058 (Vietnamese)
www.TheAssistanceFund.org – Offers help with both health insurance premiums and drug co-payments for patients diagnosed with a variety of diseases (including breast cancer, melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer) 855-845-3663
Drug Assistance Programs
https://www.azandmeapp.com – Az&Me is a drug assistance program to help patients access their AstraZeneca medicines.
www.Lillypatientone.com – 866-472-8663 choose option #2, co-pay assistance, grants, benefits investigation.
www.Lillycares.com – 800-545-6962 option #5, for free oncology meds.
https://www.lonsurf.com/financial-support/cost-assistance – for cost and co-pay assistance. For those who are eligible, additional services will provide assistance with questions about insurance, costs, and prescriptions:
www.Merck.com – Merck Patient Assistance Program – If patient has no prescription coverage and cannot afford medications, may be eligible for free Merck medications. A single application may provide up to one year of meds free of charge if eligible and individual may reapply as many times as needed. 800-727-5400
www.Pfizerhelpfulanswers.com/pages/Misc/Default.aspx – This a family of patient assistance programs for the uninsured and underinsured who need help getting Pfizer medicines and also offers reimbursement support services for people with insurance. Can help provide medicines free of charge or at a savings to patients who qualify. 866-706-2400 English & Spanish. 844-989-7284 New Patients
Basic Living Needs – Local (Transportation/Housing/Food/Utilities)
SoCalGas Company – customers who are facing financial hardship that there are programs that can help you pay your utility bills. The Gas Assistance Fund provides a one-time grant of up to $200 to eligible customers for the payment of their natural gas bill. Customers may also qualify for a 20% discount on their natural gas bill, through our CARE program. CARE applications are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese. For more information, please visit socalgas.com/Care or call 1-800-427-2200.
Catholic Charities – Coachella Valley Family and Community Assistance Program offers financial assistance with housing, utilities, food, and transportation through Sunline Transit Agency. Call 760-342-0157.
www.Connectriverside.org or 211.org – 2-1-1 provides free and confidential information and referral. Call 2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more. Learn more about your local 2-1-1 by looking it up on the website.
www.Findfoodbank.org – services for hungry and food-insecure residents of eastern Riverside and southern San Bernardino Counties: 760-775-3663 Please call the agency ahead of time to confirm the following distribution information and to learn about any eligibility requirements they may have.
www.HansonHouse.org – Hanson House is a “home away from home” for the loved ones of critically ill and injured hospitalized patients. We also serve the needs of cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Our services are provided at low or no cost. No one is turned away because of an inability to pay. 380 E Paseo El Mirador, Palm Springs, CA 92262 or call (760) 416-5070
www.JFSDesert.org – Jewish Family Services of the Desert – Provides food vouchers and some care management for the Coachella Valley. (760) 325-4088
Martha’s Village – One may choose food from their food pantry, once a month. For meal times and hours, please call (760) 347-4741 or visit them at: 83791 Date Ave, Indio
www.Sunline.org programs: Taxi voucher (50% off) program for 60 years and older and persons with disabilities. Qualified individuals must then load value to the card. It is not a credit card. Up to $75.00 can be added every 30 days. SunLine then doubles the value on your Smart Card, thereby providing you half fare taxi rides up to $150.00 per 30 day period. Maximum balance allowed on a card at any time is $ 450.00. 760-343-3456. Your Taxi Smart Card is accepted by all three Coachella Valley taxicab franchises; American Cab, Desert City Cab and Yellow Cab of the Desert.
SUNDIAL is a valley-wide, origin-to-destination paratransit service designed to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The purpose is to provide next day public transportation service for persons who are unable to use regular SunLine service. Please call Customer Service at 1-760-343-3451 to find out if your destination is within the pick-up and drop-off zones. $1.50 within the same city, $2.00 locations from one city to another
HALF-FARE PROGRAM is based on the Federal Transit Administration’s guidelines. This program is for seniors 60+ years of age or persons with disabilities who are able to ride SunLine’s fixed routes. To qualify for this program, applicants must show proof of age or disability. 1-800-347-8628
www.Thependletonfoundation.org – Assist Coachella Valley families who are dealing with cancers of all kinds. Financial assistance include rent, gas groceries, utilities etc. (760) 776-0880
www.BreastCancerTrials.org – Alerts users to newly listed trials that match their particular medical situation. Also offers a metastatic breast cancer trial search. 415-476-5777
Cancer.gov – National Cancer Institute is the nation’s leader in cancer research. 1-800-4-cancer
www.Clinicaltrials.gov – Database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies.
Medivizor.com – Patients input health information and receive emails detailing research papers, clinical trials, guidelines, and warnings that are appropriate for their personal situation.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Resources
www.BCMets.org – An online discussion board with searchable archives where those living with MBC can share and learn from others.
www.Inspire.com – Provides virtual support groups for many various diseases. After signing up, users receive daily emails showing posts and then can click on and read any that interest them. There is also a Facebook group where members can post. (I belong to Advanced Breast Cancer Support Community) 800-945-0381
www.LBBC.org – Living Beyond Breast Cancer provides programs and services to help those who have been impacted by breast cancer. They offer several conferences each year, including one dedicated to MBC, and provide scholarships to participants to cover transportation and hotel costs. Online resources include twitter chats, webinars, and live web streams of panel discussions allowing audiences to text questions to the moderator. 855-807-6386
www.MBCN.org – Metastatic Breast Cancer Network is a national, independent, non-profit, all volunteer, patient-led advocacy organization dedicated to the unique concerns of women and men living with metastatic breast cancer. Like LBBC, they also offer yearly conferences and offer scholarships. 888-500-0370
Support For Children
www.CampKesem.org – Camp Kesem is a nationwide community of student leaders providing a free camp experience to children who have/had a parent with cancer. In the So Cal area, camps are held in Big Bear (UCSD), Angeles Oaks (USC), and Angeles Crest (UCLA & UCI) 260-225-3736
www.Tellingkidsaboutcancer.com – Advice, suggestions & resources. The stories included in this guide come from parents who survived cancer and their children who helped them do so. Many families chose to record their stories because they wanted to help other people who are living with cancer.
www.CancerHopeFoundation.org – Camp Keepsake is a cost-free weekend in the beautiful Ojai Valley for those with cancer and up to five of their family and/or friends. 805-384-5445
www.Cancerhopenetwork.org – provide free and confidential one-on-one support to people undergoing treatment for cancer and to their families. We provide this support by training individuals who have recovered from cancer and matching them with cancer patients currently undergoing a similar experience. 800-552-4366
www.FirstDescents.org – First Descents provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults (18-39) impacted by cancer. 303-945-2490
www.HealingOdyssey.net – Replenish your spirit and refresh your mind during a weekend retreat held at Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange. (Fees charged, but financial assistance available). 949-707-1710
www.Hopefortwo.org – Hope for Two: The Pregnant With Cancer Network is an organization dedicated to providing women diagnosed with cancer while pregnant with information, support and hope. 800-743-4471
www.Littlepink.org – Little Pink Houses of Hope provides free week-long vacations for breast cancer patients and their families in various cities and states, including Lake Tahoe, CA. 336-213-4733
www.LivingBeauty.org – The Foundation For Living Beauty 888-501-0777
www.SendMeOnVacation.org – By using donated timeshare weeks and frequents flyer miles, Send Me On Vacation is able to provide week long vacations to breast cancer survivors. 702-277-3812
ShaysWarriors.org – Shay’s Warriors – designed to help women who have gone through breast and other reproductive cancers. Living life after cancer is tough. We will inspire, inform, empower and help heal women and their families through health, fitness and the mind-body connection.
www.Stupidcancer.org (Links provided to many financial resources) – Stupid Cancer is a non-profit organization that empowers young adults (15-39) affected by cancer through innovative and award-winning programs and services. They offer age-appropriate support to cancer directories, blogs, webcasts & advocacy tools. Their charter is to ensure that no one goes unaware of the assistance they are entitled to so they can get busy living.