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What help is available to cancer patients for driving and transportation?

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  • Sources of help with driving and ground transportation costs

    People who have Medicaid are entitled to help with travel to medical centers and doctors' offices for treatment. This may take the form of payment or being paid back (reimbursed) for gas, payment of bus fare, or may involve using a vanpool. County departments of social services in each state arrange for help with transportation, but families must ask for it by speaking with their Medicaid case worker.

    The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program is available in some areas. Volunteers drive patients and families to hospitals and clinics for treatment. In some parts of the country, the ACS may also provide some limited help with the cost of gas. Contact your local American Cancer Society office for more information on what type of transportation program is available in your area.

    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, through its Patient Aid program, can help some families with the cost of gas and parking for outpatient treatment. There is a limit on the amount of financial help given to each patient and family for each year. Check with your team social worker about this program.

    Community and church groups may be sources of help with travel or its costs, too. Also, talk about getting help with hospital or clinic parking fees with the team social worker.

    Sources of help with air transportation costs

    The ACS Air Miles program is a joint effort between Mercy Medical Airlift (MMA)/National Patient Travel Helpline (NPATH) and the American Cancer Society. The program is designed to help patients with the costs of air travel for cancer-related reasons. MMA is a long-standing non-profit member of the Air Charity Network. NPATH is a part of MMA that serves as a central clearinghouse for many medical air charities. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 to find out if you are eligible for help with air travel. MMA/NPATH helps set up the mileage on behalf of ACS, through the ACS call center staff.

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