Receiving a cancer diagnosis brings with it a multitude of emotions. Trying to figure out how you are going to pay for your treatments can cause added stress and worry. Most people have health insurance to help cover cancer treatments and radiation therapy costs, but your policy may not always cover everything. Alternatively, you may not have health insurance. When you have a limited income and find out you now have to budget for this unexpected cost, it can be overwhelming. At Alliance Cancer Care, we are here to help you navigate this difficult time.
What are my options?
There are a few options available to help cover your medical expenses. It might take a little work to find out if you qualify for a program, but it could cover a majority or all of your costs. Typically, the main consideration for financial assistance is a person’s income. Here are some options you may find helpful.
- Medicaid – This is a state-run program, and you can find additional information by visiting the Alabama Medicaid There is a specific program for women with breast and cervical cancers, and you can find guidelines by visiting this website.
- Cancer Funds and Foundations – Many options are available to help pay certain expenses. Some are specific to your cancer type, while others will help with cancer in general. These are just a few.
- Financial Assistance – Some hospitals and/or companies provide financial assistance for patients who could not otherwise afford treatment. You may have to ask if this is available. If assistance programs exist, you may have to meet certain qualifications and/or apply for coverage.
Is financial assistance available at Alliance Cancer Care?
Alliance Cancer Care is committed to providing quality health care for our community. One of the ways we can help is by providing financial assistance to our patients who are without health care insurance coverage or have financial challenges. Being able to pay for your treatment is not a determining factor in getting the care you need.
If you will be financially responsible for part or all of your treatment, it is our goal to meet with you before you begin treatments to understand your needs and review possible assistance options. We will review your insurance benefits and provide an estimate of your total cost for radiation therapy. At this time, we can discuss if you qualify for our financial assistance program. You can also notify your nursing team of any financial concerns when you first meet with your doctor, and we can have our insurance and financial team reach out to you with more information.
What happens if I do not qualify for financial assistance?
Sometimes, we have patients who do not qualify for full coverage through our financial assistance program. There are still options. If you are unable to pay your balance all at once or as you receive treatment, a payment plan can be set up with our billing office.
If you have questions about your financial responsibility, you can call our office at (256) 319-5400. We are glad to help alleviate some of the stress and worry you may be feeling during this journey.