A cancer diagnosis can be devastating physically and emotionally, as well as financially. Men should be aware of all resources available to them. Whether you need help understanding your coverage options, finding sources of financial aid, or resolving issues with your insurance company, ZERO360 is your co-pilot in navigating your prostate cancer journey. Additionally, below are several resources available to help men access their prescribed treatment and ancillary expenses.
ZERO360: Comprehensive Patient Support
ZERO360 is a free service to help patients access benefits they are entitled to, find supplemental insurance, locate financial resources from charitable and other organizations, and find emotional support. ZERO360 services include (but are not limited to):
- Insurance Navigation Services
- Talk through your health insurance plan to understand what’s included under your coverage
- Secure pre-authorization for prescribed care
- Get help with the insurance appeal process
- Resolve insurance codes and billing issues
- Screening and Enrollment
- Secure access to care for the uninsured
- Identify insurance coverage options, including Marketplace/Exchange products, Medicaid, Medigap, Medicare Part D, Medicare Low Income Subsidy, and TRICARE
- Get assistance enrolling in Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or state and/or employer-based disability benefits
- Locate Financial Resources
- Work with our team to uncover free or reduced cost prescribed treatment access based on your insurance situation
- Find resources for cost-of-living support for food, electricity, and travel
- Employee Benefit Services
- Make the most of employer-sponsored benefits, such as short- and long-term disability and COBRA
- Understand employee protections, such as Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
There are three types of programs that offer help with access to prescribed medications:
- Patient Assistance (free drug) Programs: Provides free product for uninsured and underinsured patients.
- Charitable copay assistance programs: Provide assistance to federally and commercially insured patients.
- Manufacturer copay cards: Provide assistance to commercially insured patients.
Charitable Foundations Offering Prostate Cancer Support
The programs listed below may have funds for prostate cancer treatment. Each foundation must be contacted individually regarding availability of funds and eligibility.
- Co-Pay Relief (CPR)
- PAF provides financial assistance to federally insured (Medicare, Medicaid, and military benefits) qualified prostate cancer patients , assisting them with prescription drug out-of-pocket obligations.
- Patient Access Network Foundation
- The PAN Foundation provides financial assistance grants to qualified prostate cancer patients insured by Medicare. PAN has provided travel assistance to men with prostate cancer.
- 866-316-PANF (7263)
- Good Days (previously Chronic Disease Fund)
- Good Days is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that helps patients with metastatic castrate resistance prostate cancer who are insured by Medicare or military benefits obtain their prescribed medications.
Industry Sponsored Patient Assistance Programs
Financial assistance support programs sponsored by industry assist men with financial support to pay for the prostate cancer medication, testing, durable medical equipment (DME), and other products and services that the companies manufacture. Each program is different so it is important to contact programs individually to learn about what they offer and if you are eligible for assistance. Most companies offer support programs to help men with commercial insurance or no insurance coverage (including non-coverage of a product or service by the insurer). If you need help determining which program is right for you, ask your doctor’s office for the name of the manufacturer of your treatment. Below are links and numbers to programs that provide assistance for several frequently prescribed prostate cancer treatments and their relevant prostate cancer treatment(s).
- Provenge Financial Coverage (Provenge)
- Tolmar Total Solutions (Eligard)
- Joe’s House
- Joe’s House is a nonprofit organization providing an online nation-wide list of places to stay to assist cancer patients and their families find lodging near treatment centers
- National Patient Travel Center
- The National Patient Travel Center provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help available in the national charitable medical transportation network.
- Road to Recovery
- The American Cancer Society uses a volunteer driver network to provide transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.
- Corporate Angel Network
- The Corporate Angel Network finds empty seats on corporate jets for cancer patients to fly to treatment centers for free.
- Air Care Alliance
- The Air Care Alliance brings together volunteer pilots to fly cancer patients to treatment.
- Traveling with a Medical Condition
- The Essential Guide to Traveling with a Medical Condition
- Five steps to get through the airport as fast and efficiently as possible.
- Mercy Medical Angels
- Mercy Medical Angels serves people in need through several charitable, medically-related transportation programs.
Additional Helpful Resources
- Cancer and Careers
- Cancer and Careers empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools, and educational events.
- Job Accommodation Network
- If you have a question about workplace accommodations or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, the Job Accommodation Network can help.
- Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC)
- CLRC is a joint program of Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. The CLRC provides information and education about cancer-related legal issues to the public through its national telephone assistance line.
- Triage Cancer
- Triage Cancer is a national, nonprofit organization that provides education and resources on the entire continuum of cancer survivorship issues to survivors, caregivers, and health care professionals.
- Cancer Support Community
- Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Coping with the Cost of Care. Download or order a free copy.
- Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition
- The CFAC provides a helpful tool to find resources by diagnosis, type of assistance needed, and geographical location
- NeedyMeds helps provides members with various drug discounts. They also have regular webinars and other educational materials on managing the costs of medicine.
- RxAssist runs a comprehensive database of patient assistance programs as well as tools, news, and articles so that patients can find the information they need.
- RxHope provides a patient assistance program to support low income US residents with covering their prescriptions for free or low cost.
Managing Costs of Prostate Cancer Care Webinar
ZERO and Monica Bryant of Triage Cancer delivered an educational webinar discussing insurance, disability and financial resources for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Attendees left armed with information to use in discussions with their health care team and or employer about managing the cost of prostate cancer treatment.