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Financial and insurance issues after a lung cancer diagnosis

A diagnosis of lung cancer may bring concerns about paying for the cost of treatment and whether insurance coverage is adequate. Be sure to check with your treatment facility to see if there is a patient navigator or social worker who can help as well. 

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Learn about financial and insurance resources after a lung cancer diagnosis

Being prepared

Taking charge of money matters (American Cancer Society)

How to find a financial professional sensitive to cancer issues: Financial guidance for cancer survivors and their families (American Cancer Society and National Endowment for Financial Education)

About patient navigation

Patient navigation through the cancer care continuum (ASCO's Cancer.Net)

Complicated care: Patient navigators may help you find your way (National Cancer Institute)

Case management services

Patient Advocate Foundation (Patient Advocate Foundation)

Find general financial assistance information

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (

2-1-1 Network (

Medication coverage and co-pay assistance

At any given time, one or more of the following co-pay assistance services may be out of money to cover co-pays for non-small cell lung cancer treatment medications. None of these organizations assist with co-pays for small cell lung cancer medications

Cancer Care Co-Pay Assistance Foundation ( (As of May 2013, this fund was out of money for NSCLC)

HealthWell Foundation (

Patient Access Network Foundation (

Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief (

Help for those without coverage for medications:

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) (

Needy Meds(

Clinical trial coverage and assistance

Paying for clinical trials (National Cancer Institute)

Other types of assistance 

Federal benefits portal (

Compassionate Allowances under Social Security (Social Security Online)

Utility assistance

LIHEAP Action Center (Campaign for Home Energy Assistance)


Friendsof Man

Team Continuum


Coverage For All website (Foundation for Health Coverage Education)

Affordable Care Act: How it helps people with cancer and their families (American Cancer Society)