These resources can offer financial help to cancer patients.
This organization links medically underserved women to breast health education and screening services.
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-HOPE (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 (HOPE).
CMS/County Medical Service
A San Diego County funded medical insurance program for adult residents who meet the financial and age criteria (21-64 years old). Call (858) 492-4444 or (760) 471-9660 ( North County).
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.
Medi-Cal for 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. Part A covers hospital stays, skilled nursing facility, home health care, hospice care, and blood. Part B covers doctor's services and outpatient care.
Social Security Administration - 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.
Patient Assistance Program (PAP) provides assistance to patients experiencing financial hardship who have no third party insurance coverage for their medicines. Online applications available.
Provides education, legal counseling, issues, job discrimination, and debt crisis matters.
SDGE 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. To qualify, you or a full-time resident of your home must meet one of the following requirements:
- Require permanent space heating or air conditioning as a paraplegic, quadriplegic, hemiplegics, multiple sclerosis, scleroderma patient, or have a compromised immune system or a life threatening illness.
- Require one of the following devices:
- Aerosol tent
- Pressure pump
- Ultrasonic nebulizer
- Motorized wheelchiar
- Electrostatic nebulizer
- Iron lung
- Pressure pad
- Hemodialysis machine
- IPB machine
- Kidney dialysis machine
- Electric nerve stimulator
- Suction machine
- Oxygen concentrator
Some equipment does not qualify for medical baseline allowances. These include: whirlpool pumps, heating pads, vaporizers, humidifiers, pool or tank heathers, saunas or hot tubs.
- Complete a medical baseline application (check with your Cancer Center social worker).
- Ask your physician to verify your medical condition, or the need for the equipment, or both and then sign the form.
- Return the form to SDG&E at Medical Baseline Program Manager, SDG&E, PO Box 129831, SD, CA 92112-9831