Financial Assistance

These resources can offer financial help to cancer patients.

AVON Breast Health Outreach Programs

This organization links medically underserved women to breast health education and screening services.

Linking A.R.M.S.

Limited financial assistance for hormonal and oral chemotherapy, pain and anti-nausea medication, lymphedema supplies, and durable medical equipment (a partnership with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation).

Patients can access the Linking A.R.M.S.™ program by calling the CancerCare toll-free line at 800-813-4673.


Financial grants for expenses for other than basic living expenses.

Covered expenses would include:

  • Home care
  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Pain medication
  • Chemotherapy and radiation.

To begin the process for any of their sponsored programs, call 800-813-4673.

CMS/County Medical Service

A San Diego County funded medical insurance program for adult residents who meet the financial and age criteria (21 to 64 years old).

Call 858-492-4444 or 760-471-9660 (North County).

Leukemia/Lymphoma Society

Annual financial grants up to $150 reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses related to your cancer treatment.

800-215-1098 (San Diego/Hawaii chapter)
800-955-4572 (National) 


A state-funded medical insurance program for legal residents of California under 21 years of age and over 65 years of age. Legal residents who have minor dependents living in the home may also apply.

Breast & Cervical Cancer Treatment
The Dept. of Health & Human Services authorizes immediate Medi-Cal benefits to patients with active cases of breast and cervical cancer who meet the financial and residential criteria.

Please contact Moores Cancer Center Patient Service Representative, Leticia Marquez, 858-822-6177, for assistance.


A health insurance program for people age 65 and older. Some people under age 65 with disabilities may also qualify.

Medicare has two parts:

  1. Part A: Covers hospital stays, skilled nursing facility, home health care, hospice care, and blood.
  2. Part B: Covers doctor's services and outpatient care.

Contact Social Security Administration for info: 800-772-1213


California Major Risk Medical Insurance, a 36-month health plan for Californians who are unable to obtain market insurance or Medicare coverage.
(916) 324-4695


Patient Assistance Program (PAP) provides assistance to patients experiencing financial hardship who have no third-party insurance coverage for their medicines.

Online applications available. 

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)

Provides education, legal counseling, issues, job discrimination, and debt crisis matters.

Contact 800-532-5274

SDG&E Medical Baseline Allowance

To help people with special health needs, SDG&E offers medical baseline allowances that provide additional regulated utility charges at the baseline rate, which can help keep energy costs down.

See the SDG&E website for more information or check with your cancer center social worker.