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Where can I find local medical and financial help for cancer?

Specific health care assistance programs for your area can usually be found in a number of ways, such as:
  • Contacting your area cancer organization or hospital and speaking with a patient services representative.
  • Searching on the Internet using key words and the name of your community. For example, search for "low-income health care, Austin, TX."
  • Checking the listings in the government or business sections of your local telephone directory.
  • Talking with a professional, such as a social worker or a representative from the Department of Health and Human Services in your area.
  • Calling the United Way 2-1-1 telephone helpline that is available in many areas.
Health care assistance programs help people who have no health insurance, have only limited coverage, or cannot afford to pay for the medical services they need. These programs may also be known as patient assistance, medical needs, reimbursement or compassionate care programs.

Some of these assistance programs provide both medical services and financial help. Assistance might include finding a health care program you can work with, supporting your application for benefits, or providing discounts on health care services. Providers and resources for health care assistance include nonprofit organizations as well as local, state, and federal government programs.

Many nonprofit organizations will help you find and apply to health care assistance programs at no charge.

Other good sources of information about health care assistance programs may come from:
  • family members and friends
  • hospital social workers, case managers, or other medical team members
  • representatives from cancer organizations

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