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Finding Help in Your Community
Organizations in your community may offer help with transportation, lodging, child care, and home care — costs of cancer care that are rarely covered by health insurance.
- Local chapters of the American Cancer Society may be able to provide volunteer drivers to take people to and from appointments for cancer care.
- Several nonprofit organizations can arrange free or reduced-cost air transportation for cancer patients who are traveling to receive treatment away from home.
- Other voluntary organizations offer free or reduced-cost lodging for patients receiving treatment away from home.
- Some organizations can provide limited financial assistance for child care and home care.
- The United Way and other local charities may offer assistance with living expenses such as rent and food.
Don't forget about the power of using your local elected officials. They often have resources and connections that can be useful. For example, if you're having difficulty with Medicaid, calling the office of your state representative might help. For a problem with Medicare, the office of your federal congressman or senator may be able to assist or offer information. Project Vote Smart (www.votesmart.org or 888-VOTE-SMART) can provide contact information for your elected officials.
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