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Windows of Opportunity
Time-limited Opportunities for Financial Assistance
Funds available for CLL patients
The PAN Foundation helps federally and commercially insured people living with life-threatening, chronic, and rare diseases with out-of-pocket costs for their prescribed medications. PAN’s chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patient assistance fund can provide up to $8,700 per year in financial assistance to pay for the deductibles, co-pays, and coinsurance costs associated with CLL treatment.
For those currently enrolled in a co-pay or premium disease fund at the PAN Foundation and receiving treatment for their disease, there may be extra assistance for travel-related expenses of up to $500 annually, which is available in their PAN Foundation Transportation Assistance Fund.
LLS Financial Assistance Programs
LLS has opened a Financial Relief for Patients Impacted by Hurricanes Fiona & Ian fund and is offering a $250 pre-paid VISA card to eligible blood cancer patients to assist with non-medical expenses including food, housing, utilities, and other essentials in eligible zip codes. Patients must reside in areas declared for individual assistance by FEMA.
The LLS Urgent Need Program is open. This program provides eligible patients with assistance for non-medical expenses, including rent, mortgage, lodging, utilities, childcare, elder care, food, transportation, car repair, car insurance, phone service, and acute dental work related to treatment.
The LLS Co-Pay Assistance Program is open. LLS may be able to help CLL patients pay out-of-pocket expenses for labs, scans, tests, insurance premiums, and co-pays, whether you are in watch and wait or active treatment.
The LLS Susan Lang Pre CAR T-cell Therapy Travel Assistance program is available to CLL patients with significant financial need. The fund provides financial assistance to patients diagnosed with blood cancer who are being evaluated to receive CAR T-cell therapy within a clinical trial.
Nonprofits and Government
Financial support programs from nonprofits and government agencies are constantly changing. The following text was taken from their websites, but it is important to refer back to the sources for the most up-to-date information about pre-requisites and currently available funding. Also keep in mind that most of these sources of funds are means tested—typically, grants are restricted to those with low incomes.
Four types of nonprofits are listed here, in descending order of relevance to those with CLL:
- Blood cancer
- General health
- Government agencies
Financial support programs to help pay for drugs from pharmaceutical companies are constantly changing. The following was taken from their websites. It is important to refer back to the sources for the most up-to-date information. Keep in mind that many of these funds are means tested.
Funds may be unavailable to patients enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid.
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Addressing the Financial Impact of Cancer
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Additional Financial Assistance Resources:
The PAN Foundation’s FundFinder is a free resource to help track whether a patient assistance program and other support services are available. To view more information or manage your account, log in to FundFinder.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
The oncology reimbursement landscape continues to present ever-evolving challenges. As a response, help is available through the NCCN Virtual Reimbursement Resource Room.
HealthWell Foundation helps the underinsured afford critical medical treatments. Learn more about the organization here. Find out more about the chronic lymphocytic leukemia specific fund and apply here.
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