Financial Aid Programs

We all know that having Multiple Myeloma is an expensive proposition.  Insurance can be expensive.  Drugs can be expensive.  And often we can’t earn as much as we used to.  Fortunately there is help.  Below is a matrix of organizations who provide services and tools to help you cope with the financial burdens of Myeloma.

As of September 1, 2017 the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, CancerCare, the HealthWell Foundation and the Patient Advocate Foundation are open for new Myeloma applicants.

Organization Benefits Limits
Direct Financial Aid Programs
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Copay Assistance Plan(877) 557-2672
copay@lls.org
http://www.lls.org/support/financial-support/co-pay-assistance-program
• $10,000/yr for prescription and doctor visit, medical, emergency room co-pays, deductables and insurance premiums (including all Medicare parts plus supplimental or advantage plans)

• There are medical exceptions for non-myeloma and rediology, Pharmacy exceptions for non-myeloma

• 500% or below of the Federal Poverty Level, Have medical insurance and/or prescription insurance

• Have an LLS Co-Pay Assistance Program-covered blood cancer diagnosis confirmed by a doctor

Healthwell Foundation
Multiple Myeloma – Medicare Access
Toll Free: 800-675-8416
Fax: 800-282-7692 

 

 

 

 

 

• Co-pay assistance (up to 100%) for covered drugs.• Premium Assistance
Under this fund, HealthWell can assist with premium costs. Medicare supplemental policies can help with cost shares related to many aspects of your health care. Using a HealthWell grant to cover premiums may be a better option than treatment-specific cost shares.• $10,000 per year for Myeloma patients
For Medicare Only
• Income is under 500% of the 2015 Federal Poverty Level. (adjusted for household size and high cost of living areas)
• Are being treated for Multiple Myeloma
• Enrolled in Medicare
Patient Advocate Foundation
Co-pay Relief Program
Toll Free: 866-512-3861, Local: 757-952-0118, Fax: 757-952-0119http://www.copays.org/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CPR provides direct financial assistance with co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles required by your insurer for pharmaceutical treatments and/or prescription medications relative to your diagnosis.

• $10,000 per year for Myeloma patients
• Only applies to designated drugs from participating manufacturers.
• Offers a 6 month “look back period” that begins on the date you are approved for assistance from the program.

 

For Medicare Only
• 400% of the 2015 Federal Poverty Level (300% for the Osteoporosis silo)
• Have medical diagnosis of disease covered by the program
• Have active insurance coverage which includes pharmaceutical products. 

 

 

CancerCare®
Co-Payment Assistance Foundation
Phone: 866-552-6729. 

 

 

Provides co-payments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment drugs.

 

 

 

Eligibility based on applicant’s Gross Adjusted Income at 500% or below of the Federal Poverty Level, Have medical insurance and/or prescription insurance
Good Days from the Chronic Disease Fund

Premium & Co-pay Assistance
Phone: 877-968-7233
Email: info@mygooddays.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Co-pay assistance (up to 100%) for covered drugs.

• Premium Assistance
The Good Days Premium Assistance (PA) Program provides assistance to patients with a qualified diagnosis who need financial assistance to cover the monthly premium for their medical insurance coverage. Assistance is available to the patient and patient’s dependents where applicable (for example, if the patient is a minor, PA is also offered to the patient’s guardian as part of a family plan).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently not taking new Myeloma clients

• Patients must have a valid social security number to apply for assistance and receive treatment in the United States.
• Patients must have valid medical insurance with at least 50% coverage to be eligible for copay assistance.
• Patients must have been prescribed a medication that is FDA approved and part of the Good Days program formulary.
• Patients income must be at or below 500% the Federal Poverty Level based on household size.

 

 

Patient Access Network Foundation (PANF)

866-316-PANF (7263)

http://www.panfoundation.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation is an independent, national organization dedicated to helping federally and commercially insured people living with chronic, critical and rare diseases with the out-of-pocket costs for their prescribed medications.

Funding up to $12,500 per year. Patients may apply for a second grant during their eligibility period subject to availability of funding.

 

Currently not taking new Myeloma clients

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Marrow Donor Program / Be The Match

Transplant Donor Search Assistance Funds
Phone: 888-999-6743

Email:
patientinfo@nmdp.org

 

 

 

 

Search Assistance Funds can help pay the costs not covered by insurance for searching Be The Match Registry of unrelated adult donors and cord blood units.

Be The Match will notify the transplant center for accepted patients to begin the donor search process as quickly as possible.

 

 

To be eligible:
• You are searching for an unrelated donor or cord blood unit from the Be The Match Registry.
• Your transplant center has determined you do not have enough insurance coverage to cover the donor search costs.
• You must be a U.S. resident.
Travel Assistance Programs
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Minnesota Chapter’s Travel Assistance Program

Phone: 612-259-4600
Fax: 612-259-4601

Click HERE to download the application.

 

 

 

 

 

An annual one-time grant of $500.00 per patient is available for qualified individuals between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

Click HERE to download the application.

 

 

 

 

 

Program Criteria:
1. Be a US citizen or permanent resident.
2. Have a confirmed diagnosis of blood cancer.
3. Be at or below an annual income level of 500% of Federal Poverty Guidelines.
4. Patient must be a resident of Minnesota, North Dakota or South Dakota to qualify. 
Cancer Care
Travel Assistance Program
800-813-HOPE (4673)
http://www.cancercare.org 

 

Financial help for multiple myeloma patients, providing assistance with transportation costs such as gasoline, parking, tolls and taxi, bus or train fare to and from their medical care. 250% of the 2015 Federal Poverty Level

 

 

 

Good Days from the Chronic Disease Fund

Travel Assistance
Phone: 877-968-7233
Email: info@mygooddays.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Travel: Cover costs of transportation services for road, rail and air travel to and from a scheluded appointment.
• Lodging: Good Days will help arrange lodging as well as cover the expense for healthcare appointments which require an overnight stay .
• Ancillary Travel Costs: The Concierge Program works with patients to make sure secondary travel expenses, such as parking, fuel and meals, are also covered.
Qualified patients must be enrolled in the Travel Program at least two (2) business days in advance for pre-approved medical appointments as determined by the patient’s prescribing physician. An appointment with the healthcare provider must already be scheduled prior to arranging transportation.
National Marrow Donor Program / Be The Match

Transplant Support Assistance Funds
Phone: 888-999-6743

Email:
patientinfo@nmdp.org

 

 

 

 

 

Transplant Support Assistance Funds help pay for some costs during the first 12 months after transplant that are not covered by your insurance including:
• Temporary housing, if you and your family or caregiver need to relocate for the transplant.
• Food for you and your family or caregiver.
• Parking and gas for ground transportation.
• Co-pays for prescriptions and clinic visits. 
To be eligible:
• You have had a transplant using an unrelated donor or cord blood unit from the Be The Match Registry.
• You must be within the first 12 months of your transplant.
• You meet financial eligibility criteria.
• You must be a U.S. resident. 
Fundraising Programs
Organization Rules Limitations
Bone Marrow Foundation

Lifeline Fund
212-838-3029 • 800-365-1336
http://bonemarrow.org/financial-assistance/lifeline-fund/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• The Bone Marrow Foundation will post a photo and story on the Lifeline Fund’s webpage and people can donate directly to the patient to help cover costs associated with transplant.
• The patient must be affiliated with a certified transplant center and a social worker, nurse, or doctor at the transplant center must submit a letter verifying diagnosis and treatment before the patient can participate in Lifeline Fund. The patient must be on track to have a bone marrow, stem cell, or cord blood transplant or still be receiving post-transplant care.
• Donor information will remain confidential as well as the patient’s identifying information. Donors’ names, gift amounts, or contact information will not be provided to the patient or proxy contact. Details such as patient’s last name, hometown, and treatment center will not be included in the profile. Only patient’s first name, photo, and narrative will appear on the Lifeline Fund webpage.
• Patient funding will be disbursed within 4-6 weeks of receipt of the application in the form of a check from The Bone Marrow Foundation and made payable to the individual or entity listed on the application.
• Payment is to help cover the myriad costs associated with transplants, such as donor searches, compatibility testing, bone marrow harvesting, medications, home and child care services, medical equipment, transportation, cord blood banking and housing.
• If a participant does not receive a donation during a given month, a check will not be mailed.

 

 

2016 Health & Human Services Poverty Guidelines & Dollar Figures for 250%, 400% and 500% above the Federal Poverty Guidelines

100% 250% 400% 500%
1 $11,880 $29,700 $47,520 $59,400
2 $16,020 $40,050 $64,080 $80,100
3 $20,160 $50,400 $80,640 $100,800
4 $24,300 $60,750 $97,200 $121,500
5 $28,440 $71,100 $113,760 $142,200
6 $32,580 $81,450 $130,320 $162,900
7 $36,730 $91,825 $146,920 $183,650
8 $40,890 $102,225 $163,560 $204,450

 

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