The Haves and Have-Nots of Cancer Care by Susan Gubar

Living with Cancer The New York Times WELL March 30, 2017   When I decided to undergo a lumpectomy earlier this month after a diagnosis of D.C.I.S., I learned a new word that makes me grateful for my privileges but also worried about the privations of others. The word is […]

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 (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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cancer Survivors Say Costs Keep Them From Care by Alan Mozes

Insured or not, patients forego medical needs twice as often as others, The National Coalition on Health Care study finds. Unmanageable health-care costs are forcing millions of insured and uninsured cancer survivors in the United States to go without the medical attention they need, a new analysis reveals. What is […]

Study Finds Many Cancer Patients Pay a Painful Financial Toll, Too by Victoria Colliver

When Christine Franklin was diagnosed with breast cancer, she spent at least $7,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses, but was able to continue working as a busy sales executive. But when the disease recurred last year, she had to quit her job because of the debilitating side effects of her new […]

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. […]

Health and Disability Insurance

Those affected by cancer need to understand health and disability insurance. This is an overview of things you need to know under current laws. To learn more, consult with those knowledgeable about insurance matters. If you are working, talk with your employer’s benefits coordinator and the insurer. If You Have […]