HEALTH INSURANCE FOR CANCER
PATIENTS (Page 4)
Other Insurance Resources
There's yet more help, and it's free, thanks to the growing
number of advocacy organizations, some dealing with cancer
only (or even a specific cancer) and others devoted to health
care coverage needs in general.
When you've got a thorny insurance issue, here are some
places to turn:
The Patient Advocate Foundation (www.patientadvocate.org),
established by breast cancer survivor Nancy Davenport-Ennis,
fields telephone calls via its hotline (800-532-5274) and
assigns a case manager who sticks with you until the coverage
problem is solved, whether that means one telephone call or
The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (www.cancercare.org)
provides similar assistance through its toll-free number
(877-622-7937) and also helps callers locate legal resources
to solve insurance problems when the need arises.
The American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org), in
the Cancer Resource Center section of its Web site, provides
basic information on paying for chemotherapy, tips for keeping
track of your insurance information, and "A Primer On
Insurance Coverage for Women with Breast Cancer." Its
information line (800-ACS-2345) is staffed by volunteers who
will provide the same information by telephone.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners
provides links to specific state departments of insurance and
other departments that regulate managed care. From these state
offices, you can get information specific to your state. You
can find out, for instance, if your state has external review
boards for appeals.
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