LIVESTRONG Foundation and Patient Advocate Foundation Expand Partnership to Support the Needs of Cancer Patients and Survivors Nationwide
For the past nine years, the
"On a daily basis, patients and survivors come to us facing difficulties with insurance and financial issues. We're so grateful to have partnered with PAF to address these needs over the past nine years," said
Cancer can take a significant financial toll on survivors and their families, especially those that are uninsured and underinsured -- 30 percent of survivors and their families have to borrow money or go into debt, with two percent of survivors declaring bankruptcy due to medical expenses, according to the 2012 LIVESTRONG survey. Nearly 20 percent of survivors were denied insurance coverage for doctor visits at the facility of their choice, and eight percent of people have been denied the opportunity to receive a second opinion on their diagnosis.
To help survivors in these situations, LIVESTRONG and PAF have successfully been able to work together to navigate the health insurance options for patients and survivors, finding solutions that allow for timely, high-quality care at affordable rates.
Adolescent and young adult survivors are hit the hardest by the financial burden and have the least experience navigating the insurance and financial maze: "My biggest fear is not knowing if I'm healthy," said Gabriel, 18-year survivor of acute myeloid leukemia. "LIVESTRONG referred me to PAF and together they showed me how I could get insurance, gave me a gas card to pay for trips from
As a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cancer patients and survivors can no longer be denied coverage, but prior to its implementation, 10 percent of survivors applying for health insurance were denied because of their cancer. And while the ACA provides insurance options, many survivors still face financial hardships paying for insurance and dealing with state regulations that have chosen to opt in or out or plans, making it difficult to find those insurance options. PAF and LIVESTRONG professionals understand the ACA landscape and will work with cancer patients of all ages to help find solutions and ensure continued, affordable care.
LIVESTRONG provides navigation services in both English and Spanish and will work with patients and their caregivers to find a myriad services that address physical, financial, and psychosocial needs for those on the cancer journey. Those seeking assistance should call 855-220-7777, go online at http://www.LIVESTRONG.org/WeCanHelp or visit the headquarters location at
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