Cancer treatment is expensive, and it can put a strain on your finances, especially on utility bills. It can be overwhelming to deal with these growing stacks of bills. But did you know you may qualify for financial help with your utility bills? This blog post describes ways to get financial help with utility bills.
Remember to keep an open mind when thinking about financial assistance. Getting financial help in one aspect of your life frees up funds to use elsewhere. For example, if you have money for your gas bill, but not your internet, you may be able to get utility assistance and shift those funds to help you pay your internet bill.
Your utility providers may have programs that provide monthly discounts or one-time bill credits based on your income level and eligibility for government programs. Some utility providers offer payment plans that may make it easier for you to manage your bills.
Several government programs are designed to help ensure that all households have access to essential utility services, regardless of their income level. If you're struggling to pay for these services, it's worth looking into these programs to see if you qualify for help. Each program is run by a different government agency, so be sure to check the specific rules and application process for each one:
Nonprofit organizations may also provide financial help cover the cost of utility bills. For example:
Visit CancerFinances.org for more financial assistance resources.
Don't be afraid to ask for help. Talk to your health care team to find resources and support available to you. Some cancer centers may have staff who can help connect you with financial assistance programs.
There are many resources available to help cancer patients and their caregivers with utility bills. By taking advantage of these programs, you can reduce the financial burden associated with cancer treatment and focus on what really matters – your health and well-being.
For more information on managing bills, getting financial assistance, and other cancer-related legal issues, visit TriageCancer.org/Financial and check out our free Checklist to Finding Financial Help.
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