As a young adult, cancer affects you in financial ways that are different than other age groups. Worry about maintaining your income, potential medical costs, the cost of health insurance and whether you have insurance takes a toll.
Roswell Park’s financial counselors can help. Call to speak with a counselor who can assess your circumstances and direct you to resources that can help, such as applying for Medicaid, financial aid for help with co-pays or health insurance programs.
What if I don’t have a job?
If you don’t have any income, you will likely be eligible for Medicaid. Our financial counselors can help determine if you are eligible and guide you on how to apply. You can also apply online through the New York State of Health plan marketplace, or by phone at 1-855-355-5777.
I don’t have health insurance anymore, can I still get it when I’ve already been diagnosed?
Most insurance plans no longer have pre-existing condition clauses, so that should not be a problem. If you have lost or will be losing your health insurance, please contact our financial counseling department so we can explore your options for getting insurance.
I’m still on my parents’ health insurance but I will turn 26 soon and age off their policy. What can I do?
If you are employed, contact your employer as soon as possible to get enrolled in your employer’s health coverage. If you are unemployed or your employer does not offer insurance, you can apply for insurance on the New York State of Health plan marketplace.
I have a job and health insurance, but these copays really add up. What if I can’t afford them?
We have a few options we can pursue. Roswell Park has a financial assistance program that you may be eligible for to help with copay costs at Roswell Park. If you are on chemotherapy, we can also explore whether there are any other copay assistance programs to assist with the chemotherapy drug copays. Payment plans through the billing office are also an option.