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Information about all aspects of finances affected by a serious health condition. Includes income sources such as work, investments, and private and government disability programs, and expenses such as medical bills, and how to deal with financial problems.
Information about all aspects of health care from choosing a doctor and treatment, staying safe in a hospital, to end of life care. Includes how to obtain, choose and maximize health insurance policies.
Answers to your practical questions such as how to travel safely despite your health condition, how to avoid getting infected by a pet, and what to say or not say to an insurance company.

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In Treatment For Cancer

Start looking at your insurance and financial situation to determine how you will pay for medical care. Even with health insurance, medical care can be costly. Free or low cost care is available if you are Uninsured or Underinsured

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If you have health insurance:
  • Do whatever is necessary to keep it. Health insurance is vitally important.
  • Learn what your health insurance does and does not cover, whether you are restricted to a group of doctors or hospitals or have a broader choice, and what needs prior approval, if anything.
  • Learn how to maximize use of your health insurance.
  • Keep in mind: if you don't get what you want from your insurer, look for a source of influence that can help. If that doesn't work: appeal - and appeal again. Be persistent. If appeals don't work, think about pressure you can apply on the insurer - such as through the state Insurance Commission or through the press. (We tell you how to frame your story to get press attention in the document listed in "To Learn More.")

If you don't have health insurance, there are still ways to access health care.. It is also possible to still get health insurance.

Note that all medical bills are negotiable

Do enough financial planning to get you through treatment. When you are finished with treatment, and your head clears, you can focus on your finances. The objective will be to get you in the best shape you can to keep up your living standard in case something like this happens again. At the same time, you can plan for the money needed to meet your goals in life. We show you how to do financial planning that considers your health condition. It doesn't take a lot of time to do basic planning. If you're the type of personality that wants to keep busy to help distract you from the effects of your treatment, feel free to go ahead now. Just don't make any major decisions until you have to.

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