Resources for More Information: Health Insurance

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The internet can be a valuable resource for a patient who wants to find out more information about their health insurance. However, remember that not every website contains accurate and reliable information. The websites listed below offer up to date information and resources.

General Resources

OncoLink

Health Insurance Webinar Series

Offers free, short modules on a variety on health insurance topics.

www.oncolink.org/insurance

Triage Cancer Resources on Health Insurance

Triage Cancer works to address cancer-related health disparities through the delivery of cancer survivorship education, particularly information related to accessing care.

http://triagecancer.org/healthinsurance

The Kaiser Family Foundation

A leader in health policy analysis and health journalism, the Kaiser Family Foundation is dedicated to filling the need for trusted information on national health issues.

https://www.kff.org

State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPS)

The State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) provide free, in depth, one-on-one insurance counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries, their families, friends, and caregivers.

https://www.shiptacenter.org/about-us/about-ships/

Cancer Legal Resource Center

Provides cancer related legal information and resources nationwide.

http://cancerlegalresources.org

American Cancer Society

Managing Your Health Insurance

The American Cancer Society is one of the oldest cancer service and support organizations in the country. They provide a wide variety of cancer education materials free of charge.

https://www.cancer.org/treatment/finding-and-paying-for-treatment/understanding-health-insurance/managing-your-health-insurance.html

Cancer Support Community

Health Insurance for Cancer Patients

The Cancer Support Community is a global network offering quality cancer support to millions of people touched by cancer, available online and at community-based centers and hospitals.

https://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/living-cancer/living-cancer-topics/managing-cost-cancer-treatment/health-insurance-cancer-patients

Medicare

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD).

General Medicare Information

https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10043.pdf

http://www.medicare.gov 

Medicare and You (updated annually; available as a free download)

https://www.medicare.gov/pubs/pdf/10050-Medicare-and-You.pdf

Medicare Advantage Plans (Medicare Part C)

https://www.hhs.gov/answers/medicare-and-medicaid/what-is-medicare-part-c/index.html

Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Coverage)

https://www.medicare.gov/sign-up-change-plans/get-drug-coverage/get-drug-coverage.html

Medicare Supplemental Plans (Medigap)

https://www.medicare.gov/supplement-other-insurance/medigap/whats-medigap.html

Affordable Care Act/Healthcare Marketplace

The Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)/Healthcare Marketplace offers health insurance options for those who do not qualify for Medicaid, Medicare, Veterans benefits or employer affiliated health insurance plans.

https://www.healthcare.gov

Medicaid

Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities. Medicaid is administered by states, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by state and the federal government.

https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/index.html

COBRA

COBRA contains provisions giving certain former employees, retirees, spouses, former spouses, and dependent children the right to temporary continuation of health coverage at group rates. This coverage, however, is only available when coverage is lost due to certain specific events; overseen by the Department of Labor.

https://www.medicare.gov/supplements-other-insurance/how-medicare-works-with-other-insurance/which-insurance-pays-first/cobra-7-important-facts

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ebsa/laws-and-regulations/laws/cobra

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health coverage to eligible children, through both Medicaid and separate CHIP programs. CHIP is administered by states, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by states and the federal government.

https://www.medicaid.gov/chip/index.html

Veterans

Eligible veterans may be able to receive health care coverage through the Veterans Administration.

www.va.gov/healthbenefits

 

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