Helping Cancer Patients Afford Concurrent Behavioral Health Treatments and Therapies

As a nationally recognized, independent non-profit organization dedicated to improving access to care for America’s underinsured, the HealthWell Foundation helps patients living with chronic or life-altering conditions get the medical treatments they need regardless of their ability to pay.

When health insurance is not enough, we fill the gap by assisting with copays, premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses.  To date, HealthWell has served as a safety net for more than 320,000 underinsured patients in more than 65 disease areas by providing access to life-changing medical treatments they otherwise would not be able to afford.

Providing financial assistance to people living with cancer has always been a priority at HealthWell. Through our 20+ oncology funds, we’ve assisted more than 120,000 individuals living with cancer with more than $380 million in assistance.

We recognize the unmet needs of oncology patients and the importance mental health has on treatment, recovery and overall well-being. We’ve seen first-hand how financial distress can impact the health and lives of individuals and families. Cancer patients with behavioral health conditions are particularly hard hit; according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), patients with some forms of cancer incur $8,000 more per year in health care costs than cancer patients without behavioral health conditions.

Because HealthWell believes in treating the whole patient and not just the disease, we recently launched a groundbreaking Cancer-Related Behavioral Health (CRBH) Fund to assist individuals in need of cancer-related behavioral health treatments.  The Fund provides financial assistance to individuals with a diagnosis of cancer in covering their out-of-pocket treatment-related costs for prescription drugs, counseling services, psychotherapy, and transportation.  HealthWell provides up to $2,000 in financial assistance for a 12-month grant to eligible patients who have annual household incomes up to 500 percent of the federal poverty level.

“HealthWell has been a major help to me for a long time. I consider myself lucky to have benefited from a number of grants. I’d probably be dead without HealthWell.  HealthWell came to my aid with grants for my cancer treatments and now they are assisting me through the Cancer-Related Behavioral Health Fund so I can receive necessary medications and counseling to manage my condition.  The Foundation continues to come through where others have not. 

It’s been a rough road and HealthWell’s assistance means a great deal to me.  Someday, I hope I can be on the other side and pay it back.” Robyn – CRBH grant recipient

To qualify for HealthWell’s assistance, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

To learn more and to apply for financial assistance, visit HealthWell’s Cancer-Related Behavioral Health Fund page.

We also invite you to visit www.realworldhealthcare.org to view HealthWell’s Behavioral Health blog series and subscribe.

 

Samantha Skelton
ss@triagecancer.org