10 Things People With Cancer Should Know About Health Insurance

To a person who isn’t an insurance industry insider, the ins and outs of health insurance can be confusing. Throw a diagnosis of a chronic condition like cancer into the mix and the confusion can easily turn into frustration. The good news is that with the right resources and knowledge, […]

Cancer Survivors’ Message to Republicans: “We Literally Live and Die by Insurance”

by Joan McCarter Friday, February 24, 2017 Daily Kos.com Nearly 1 in 4 Americans has a pre-existing health condition — that’s 52 million people under the age of 65. It’s 52 million people who for the past three years had the peace of mind of knowing that they could not be […]

Obamacare is the Affordable Care Act: So What’s In It?

By Laurie McGinley and Amy Goldstein January 25 2017 The Washington Post   Not everyone realizes that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same thing. The 2010 law created insurance exchanges — that is, marketplaces — for people to buy private health insurance if they couldn’t get affordable coverage through […]

Cancer Patients, Survivors Fear GOP Efforts to Dismantle the Affordable Care Act

By Laurie McGinley February 23, 2017 The Washington Post   Ashley Walton was 25 when a mole on her back turned out to be melanoma. She had it removed, but three years later she discovered a lump in her abdomen. She was then unemployed and uninsured, and so she put […]

How to Manage Health Insurance When You Have Cancer

Learning you have cancer means you’ll want to work with a medical team that can help you create the best possible treatment plan. But it also means you need to understand your health insurance coverage. Like any complex health condition, treating cancer can involve many different types of care, and […]

A Safety Net for Everyone: Medicare for Anyone with a Medical Catastrophe & Under Age 65

Recently, a great blog run by a cancer pal called Help Keep A Sister Alive www.helpkeepasisteralive.com (what’s not to love about that name?) asked me to write a guest post on Medicare basics. Now they know I am no expert but they also know peer to peer sharing of the […]

Medical Bills, Insurance and Uncertainty … Life, Interrupted

Like a lot of other young people, I never thought about health insurance until I got sick. I was 22, and my adult life was just beginning. But less than a year after walking across the stage at my college graduation, I received an unexpected diagnosis — acute myeloid leukemia […]

Risky Business: Resolve Insurance Concerns Early

Concerns about insurance coverage should be addressed quickly. While most people have health insurance, many never pay much attention to it until they experience a serious illness or accident. Needless to say, health insurance can be very confusing, as there is a dizzying array of health plan options, complicated by […]

Federal and State Benefit Programs

Federal and state benefit programs offer help to meet health care and income needs. These programs can help those who can’t work due to cancer, treatment or aftereffects. Types of federal and state benefit programs: Social Security Disability Income (SSDI): This program pays income benefits to people who are disabled. […]