The Cancer Resource Guide of North Central Florida

Financial Support

Lake Shore Hospital Authority

Financial Assistance for Primary Healthcare Services for residents of Columbia County. We partner with various primary care facilities and Shands Lake Shore Regional Medical Center in Lake City. Contact:
Sue Fraze
sue@lakeshoreha.org
386‑755‑1090
259 NE Franklin Street, Suite 102
Lake City, FL 32055

National

Air Charity Network

Provides transportation to patients traveling for treatment. Contact:
coordination@mercymail.org
352‑326‑0761

AVONCares

This joint program provides financial assistance for the treatment of breast, cervical, and ovarian cancers. The program also provides limited financial assistance for homecare, childcare and transportation. Assistance is provided to cancer patients based on proof of inability to pay by the National Cancer Institute and at CancerNet, which is run by ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology). Contact:
admin@avonbhop.org
212‑244‑5368

CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation

Offers grants for those with breast, lung, colorectal or pancreatic cancer. Assistance is provided to cancer patients based on proof of inability to pay by the National Cancer Institute and at CancerNet, which is run by ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology). Contact:
information@cancercarecopay.org
866‑552‑6729

Corporate Angel Network, Inc. (CAN)

CAN finds free air transportation on corporate planes for eligible cancer patients who need medical treatment. Contact:
914‑328‑1313

HealthCare.gov

The “Find Insurance Options” tool will help you find the health insurance suited to your needs, whether it’s private insurance for individuals, families and small businesses, or public programs that may work for you. It was created to help consumers under the health insurance reform law, the Affordable Care Act. Contact:

Healthwell Foundation

This nonprofit organization offers help with insurance copays, premiums, and out of pocket costs for a wide variety of cancers. Assistance is provided to cancer patients based on proof of inability to pay by the National Cancer Institute and at CancerNet, which is run by ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology). Contact:
info@healthwellfoundation.org
800‑675‑8416

Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation

The Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation provides monetary assistance to women under the age of 30 who are living with breast cancer. The organization assists with medical needs such as insurance co-pays or prescriptions, but also with ancillary medical costs for items such as wigs and scarves. Applications may be downloaded from the Web site at www.kristylasch.org. Applications are NOT accepted for non-medical items. Contact:
Tom Lasch
kristylaschmiraclefoundation@comcast.net
412‑872‑4125

Medicare Telephone Hotline

Speak with a customer service representative 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Listen to recorded questions and answers on topics such as Medicare health plan choices and order publications. Contact:
1‑­800‑­MEDICARE

Medicare.gov

Get extra help with prescription drug costs, find out how Medicare works with other insurance, and compare health and drug plans on the U.S. government’s official site for Medicare. Contact:
1‑800‑MEDICARE

Mission4Maureen

Organization provides financial assistance to families who are burdened by the staggering cost of brain cancer treatment. Financial aid is available for medical bills, as well as child care, housing payments, utility bills, transportation, medication, and other areas of assistance. To apply for aid, refer to the application on the website, www.mission4maureen.org The eligibility criteria changes from time to time, so please check current requirements on website. Contact:
info@mission4maureen.org
440‑840‑6497
1568 S. Green Rd.
#21602
South Euclid, OH 44121

My Hope Chest Foundation

Provides arrangements or a way to finance breast reconstruction surgery for uninsured breast cancer survivors. There is a waiting list, but as survivors contact them, they will seek out doctors in their areas who will provide the series of necessary surgeries at no/reduced cost. All visitors to the website are highly encouraged to take the survey located there. Contact:
Alisa Savoretti
info@myhopechest.org
727‑642‑4243

National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, Inc.

Provides lodging and support services to patients, families and their loved ones who are receiving medical treatment far from home. Contact:
800‑542‑9730

Patient Services Incorporated

One of the earliest co-pay assistance programs, PSI offers financial assistance for many chronic illnesses, including some cancers. Assistance is provided to cancer patients based on proof of inability to pay by the National Cancer Institute and at CancerNet, which is run by ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology). Contact:
uneedpsi@uneedpsi.org
877‑250‑2350

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Co-Pay Assistance Program

Helps with both insurance premiums and co-payments. Assistance is provided to cancer patients based on proof of inability to pay by the National Cancer Institute and at CancerNet, which is run by ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology). Contact:
copay@lls.org
877‑557‑2672

The Patient Advocate Foundation's Co-Pay Relief Program

This program, aimed at those with insurance, including Medicare Part D, helps patients diagnosed with many types of cancer, including brain tumors. Assistance is provided to cancer patients based on proof of inability to pay by the National Cancer Institute and at CancerNet, which is run by ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology). Contact:
cpr@patientadvocate.org
866‑512‑3861

The Pink Fund

The Pink Fund provides breast cancer patients in active treatment with up to 90 days of non-medical financial assistance. Payments are made directly to their creditors to maintain their health insurance. Additional payments may be made for housing, transportation and utilities. Applicants must be gainfully employed at the time of their diagnosis and not working and not collecting a paycheck while in treatment. Applications are available at thepinkfund.org under Get Help. Contact:
info@ThePinkFund.org
1‑877‑234‑7465

Regional

Catholic Charities - Gainesville

Emergency assistance is provided for rent, food, utilities and limited prescription assistance. Must provide: Photo ID and Social Security Cards for everyone over 18 years of age living in the home. Food Pantry is open from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Monday - Thursday. Rent and Utility Assistance provided only once. RX Program is once every 6 months up to $20.00 at Wise's Pharmacy. Programs also available that provide assistance with Thanksgiving or Christmas. Contact:
Michelle Wilson, Finance Coordinator
352‑372‑0294 x11, Utility Assistance 352‑224‑6444. Must call on Friday at 9 a.m. to schedule appointment for the following week.
1717 NE 9th Street, Bldg. A
Gainesville, FL 32609

Central Florida Community Action Agency- Alachua

The Emergency Assistance program may help eligible households with immediate financial emergencies. Central Florida Community Action Agency provides direct assistance and referrals for basic needs including rental assistance, energy payments, nutrition, transportation, temporary shelter and more. This program is designed to provide immediate assistance to individuals to overcome one-time situations of dire need. Contact:
352‑373‑7667
2606 NW 6th Street
Gainesville, FL 32609

Central Florida Community Action Agency- Chiefland

The Emergency Assistance program may help eligible households with immediate financial emergencies, and assist with disaster relief. Central Florida Community Action Agency has a limited amount of funding available to the community for one-time emergency needs. FCFAA cannot help with on-going crisis. CFCAA may provide direct assistance and referrals for basic needs, including rental assistance, energy payments, nutrition, transportation and temporary shelter. Contact:
Katrina Bowers
352‑493‑1734
215 SW 5th Street
Chiefland, FL 32626

Christian Services Center

Christian Services Center offers emergency services for food, clothing (every 4 months), housing (limited), limited financial assistance with utility final notice, bus tickets, gas vouchers, prescriptions (no pain) and medical equipment (walkers, canes, etc). Contact:
Shirley McManus
386‑755‑1770
441 NW Washington Street
Lake City, FL 32055

Elder Helpline

The Elder Helpline is a telephone information and referral service for seniors, persons with disabilities and their caregivers. The Elder Helpline is your starting point for seeking information and assistance about resources and programs available in North Central Florida. Contact:
options@agingresources.org
Elder Helpline: 800‑963‑5337
Elder Options
5700 SW 34th Street
Suite 222
Gainesville, FL 32608

Florida KidCare

Florida KidCare is Health Insurance for uninsured children ages birth through 18 years old. Covers Doctors visits, hospital care, medicines, lab tests and more. Fees may vary from $15 - $20 a month and are based on income and family size. Some programs may not be available in all areas. Call for additional information or application. Contact:
Information
888‑540‑5437

Lake Shore Hospital Authority

Financial Assistance for Primary Healthcare Services for residents of Columbia County. We partner with various primary care facilities and Shands Lake Shore Regional Medical Center in Lake City. Contact:
Sue Fraze
sue@lakeshoreha.org
386‑755‑1090
259 NE Franklin Street, Suite 102
Lake City, FL 32055

PAWS: Pets Are Wonderful Support

A student volunteer organization in UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine that aims to improve the quality of life for low income Alachua County residents suffering from terminal or disabling disease by offering free veterinary care. Call for eligibility. Contact:
352‑­392‑­2213 x5494

Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE)

This is a free insurance counseling program designed for elders and persons with disabilities and their caregivers. Highly trained volunteers assist elders with their health insurance questions. Provides assistance with and information on Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans, Medicare Savings Programs, Low-Income Subsidies assistance with Medicare Part D Plans, Patient Assistance Programs for help with prescriptions through the pharmaceutical companies. Contact:
options@agingresources.org
For information on the location of SHINE Counselors in your area, contact the Elder Helpline: (800) 963‑5337
Elder Options
5700 SW 34th Street
Suite 222
Gainesville, FL 32608

Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration provides financial assistance to those who qualify for Social Security government funded programs. Program Include: Medical Disability and Financially Indigent Programs such as Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. Application process is required. Contact:
800‑772‑1213
400 N SR 19, Ste. 53
Palatka, FL 32177

Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation

The mission of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation is to assist children with leukemia and other cancers and specific bone marrow failure syndromes and their families by providing emotional and financial support to help reduce the stress associated with treatment and improve their quality of life. Child must be a permanent resident of North Florida or South Georgia. All financial assistance is determined on a case-by-case basis based on the needs of the child and family. To apply for assistance in Florida, families should contact patent's clinic or hospital social worker. Contact:
Keli Coughlin, Executive Director
904‑543‑2599
P.O. Box 50798
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240