Finances 101 Toolkit

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Mouth sores, hair loss, scars and fatigue are common side effects of cancer treatment.

Financial toxicity should not be one of them, too.

At The SAMFund, we know that cancer isn’t free and are committed to helping young adults regain or maintain their financial health during and after cancer treatment. Through our grants program and Webinar series, we’ve provided support to thousands of young adults across the country for the past decade. Finances 101: A  Toolkit for Young Adults with Cancer is an initiative in collaboration with Triage Cancer to help young adults face head on the financial challenges –finding affordable health insurance, dealing with medical bills, managing student loans and other debt, and more – most common within this population. It’s our goal to help young adults make informed decisions so that recovering financially from cancer doesn’t become a lifelong process. 

Health insurance

If you’re baffled by all of the terminology, don’t understand what an EOB is or are having trouble choosing a health insurance plan, check out these blog posts:

Frequently Asked Questions about health insurance (part one)

Frequently Asked Questions about health insurance (part two)

Looking for more detailed info? Check out this Webinar, presented by Monica Bryant of Triage CancerSmart Shopping Tips on How to Pick the Best Insurance for You 

Prescription Assistance

Far too many young adults are bankrupting themselves to pay for their medications, or skipping them altogether because of the cost. There are plenty of options for financial assistance — you just need to know where to find them!  In this two-part Webinar series, we focus on where and how to access these programs, how to apply for help and who you should have in your corner (hint: doctors, nurses and pharmacists, among others!).

Prescription Assistance, Part One: When You Need Your Meds For Less, presented by Laurie-Marie Pisciotta, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Education at NeedyMeds

Prescription Assistance, Part Two: Demystifying Drug Charges and Associated Co-Pays, presented by Laura Chavaree, Founder of Calliopy

Medical Bills

If you’re a young adult with a cancer history, you probably don’t have a huge savings account — and yet, bill collectors and hospitals expect you to pay thousands of dollars (and sometimes much more) for your care. In the best case scenario, you may be able to cover these bills… but then you’re probably struggling to pay your rent or keep up with your health insurance premiums.  In the worst case scenario, you may be skipping your appointments altogether because of the cost (not to mention the shame.)  These two blog posts address some of the most common fears and questions about what to do with that stack of bills and where to go for help:

Frequently Asked Questions about medical bills (part one)
Frequently Asked Questions about medical bills (part two)

You can also check out this Webinar for more information and guidance: Strategies for Reducing Medical Debt, presented by Jeff Newbauer of geneff.org

We will be tackling new topics in the coming months and adding information regularly, so please check back often!  If you’re having trouble with a specific financial issue post-cancer and would like us to include it here, just let us know.

 

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