COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance for People with Cancer

Author: OncoLink Team
Last Reviewed: May 26, 2020

Several cancer/patient service organizations have limited funding available to provide emergency financial assistance for individuals with cancer affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Funds are limited. If you are eligible and need emergency funding for things like groceries, transportation to chemotherapy (so you can avoid public transportation), child-care, and other expenses that help you to stay safe at home, apply today.

Funds will be updated in this article as they open/close, so check back regularly.

Healthwell Foundation COVID-19 Ancillary Costs Fund

What is available?

  • $250 one time grant.

How do I apply?

  • Must apply by phone 800-675-8416.

Who is eligible?

  • You or a member of your household have a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 or,
  • You or a member of your household are part of a high-risk group (cancer patients, immunocompromised, older adults) or, 
  • You reside in a geographic area in the US or US territories where COVID-19 is prevalent or,
  • You or a member of your family have been told by a physician to self-quarantine due to potential exposure to COVID-19 AND
  • You qualify based on income: household income limit is 500% of the federal poverty limit ($63,800 for an individual; $86,200 for a family of 2; $131,000 for a family of four).

What can I use the money for?

  • Food delivery costs.
  • Medication delivery costs.
  • COVID-19 testing/diagnostics.
  • Telehealth costs.
  • Transportation costs.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society COVID-19 Patient Financial Aid Program

What is available?

  • $250 to eligible blood cancer patients experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How do I apply?

Who is eligible?

  • Individuals must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Must reside in the US or US territories.
  • Must have a confirmed diagnosis of blood cancer.
  • Must be in active treatment, scheduled to begin treatment, or in follow-up care as confirmed by a member of your health care team or the patient.
  • You do not need to have a COVID-19 diagnosis.

What can I use the money for?

  • Non-medical expenses including rent, mortgage, utilities, and food.

Cancer Support Community Cancer Emergency Fund 

What is available?

  • $250 pre-paid credit card

How do I apply?

  • Contact the CSC Cancer Emergency Fund 888-409-4166 for an application. You will need to provide proof of household income and verification of active treatment.

Who is eligible?

  • Cancer patients in active treatment. Those who have lost a job or been furloughed (and their caregivers) may be given priority.
  • Income at or below 400% of the FPL.

What can I use the money for?

  • Food, transportation, utility bills, childcare.

Cancer Care Financial Assistance for COVID-19-Currently Closed 5/8/20

What is available?

  • Financial assistance to help with expenses for cancer patients.

How do I apply?

  • Apply by phone 800-813-4673.

Who is eligible?

  • All cancer patients in active treatment.

What can I use the money for?

  • Food, medications, general household expenses, transportation, homecare, and childcare.

Team Rubicon COVID-19 Emergency Food Assistance Program-in collaboration with the Patient Advocate Foundation and the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation

What is available?

  • Eligible patients and their caregivers can request complimentary delivery of food and other critical supplies.
  • Those with demonstrated financial need can also apply for a one time $500 grant to help pay for food--including groceries, delivery or pick up and medically necessary meals.

Who is eligible?

  • Patients with cancer, multiple sclerosis, or rheumatoid arthritis who are experiencing difficulty getting and/or paying for food or other nutritional needs due to COVID-19.

How do I apply?

Patient Advocate Network (PAN) Foundation COVID-19 Treatment and Prevention Fund-Currently Closed 5/8/20

What is available?

  • $300 pre-paid debit card for individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who are directed to self-quarantine.

How do I apply?

  • Apply by phone 1-866-316-7263 Monday-Friday 9 am-7 pm ET.

Who is eligible?

  • Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 or directed to self-quarantine by their healthcare provider/government agency.
  • Applicants must also be diagnosed with cancer or a chronic/rare disease.
  • Funds are available only for individuals with Medicare.
  • Your income must fall at or below 400% of the Federal Poverty Level.
  • You must live in and receive treatment in the US or US territories.

What can I use the money for?

  • COVID-19 treatment expenses.
  • Over the counter and prescription medications and delivery services.
  • Medical equipment and supplies.
  • Transportation to medical appointments or pharmacy.
  • Groceries and meals; including delivery services.

Lungevity Breathe Easier Fund

What is available?

  • $500 for patients in active treatment or actively pursuing treatment for lung cancer.

Who is eligible?

  • US residents receiving care for lung cancer in the US.
  • Income eligibility-household income limit of 300% of the federal poverty limit ($38,280/individual; $51,720/family of 2; $78,600/family of four).

How do I apply?

  • Apply by phone at 844-360-5864.

What can I use the money for?

  • Food, transportation, and other general household bills.

Family Reach COVID-19 Emergency Fund

What is available?

  • Emergency financial assistance. The amount of funding is based on demonstrated needs.

Who is eligible?

  • Families with children/young adults in active treatment or within one year of treatment in the United States.

How do I apply?

What can I use the money for?

  • Mortgage, rent, utilities, transportation to treatment, childcare.

Samfund COVID-19 Emergency Fund

What is available?

  • One-time rent/mortgage payments up to $2000 per household.

Who is eligible?

  • At this time, funding is ONLY available to individuals who have previously received Samfund grants.

How do I apply?

  • Apply online here. Applicants who submit their application by 5 pm Wednesday will be notified by Friday if they have been selected for funding. You can apply in subsequent weeks if you do not receive funding.

National Association of Rare Disorders (NORD) COVID Critical Relief Fund

What is available?

  • Emergency financial assistance to the rare disease patients who have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is NOT able to assist with financial needs that are not a result of direct impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    • Unexpected utility expenses.
    • Communication expenses (e.g. phone, cell phone, internet).
    • Emergency repairs to a car, furnace, home, or major appliances.
    • Assistance with travel and/or lodging logistics and expenses.
    • Rent or mortgage payment assistance.
    • Support for adaptive learning during school closures.

Who is eligible?

  • US citizens or individuals with documentation of permanent US residency; or resident of the US for at least 6 months.
  • Applicants must meet financial eligibility; at or below 400% of the federal poverty time OR demonstrate financial impact/mitigating circumstances due to COVID-19.

How do I apply?

Colorectal Cancer Alliance (CCA) Crisis Financial Assistance Fund 

What is available?

  • Up to $200 in emergency financial assistance.
  • Can be used for rent, groceries, utilities, food, transportation, etc.

Who is eligible?

  • Low-income individuals with a household income no more than $75,000/year.
  • US residents (excluding Puerto Rico and other US territories).
  • Receiving treatment for colorectal cancer.
  • Can not have received previous financial assistance from CCA.

How do I apply?

  • Call 877-422-2030 or apply online here.

The Assistance Fund Health Insurance Assistance Program

What is available?

  • Up to $2500 grant to help individuals who have lost their insurance due to a COVID-19 related job loss to purchase new insurance or continue their insurance through COBRA.

Who is eligible?

  • Legal residents of the US or US territory who have lost their job and health insurance due to termination or furlough due to COVID-19
  • You must also meet income requirements based on your household size.

How do I apply?

If you need help, many oncology social workers are still providing services via telemedicine and can be available to assist with applications.

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