Sites for financial assistance workforce assistance:

Leukemia & Lymphoma society presents a thorough review of cancer patients financial issues video

Social Security: Depending on the severity of your circumstances you might consider a social security disability claim. When my job was terminated during my second round I went to my local social security office and provided the agent with accurate and concise documentation from both of my diagnoses to clearly prove my disability and was awarded my disability quickly without requiring any appeals or lawyers. They seem to recognize how many ways brain cancer can permanently affect a person’s life.

The American With Disabilities Act: The Americans with Disabilities Act (prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, mental activities. The ADA also establishes requirements for telecommunications relay services.

The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission ( The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

Most employers with at least 15 employees are required to comply with C laws (20 employees in age discrimination cases). Most labor unions and employment agencies also must comply.

The laws apply to all types of work situations, including hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits.

Many states offer services to disabled residents than often include vocational rehabilitative services, including necessary education, training, and job placement to allow disabled persons to return to the gainfully employed workforce.

For financial assistance with health insurance, treatments, and drugs: Twenty-four months after you receive a Social Security Disability award you automatically qualify for Medicare healthcare coverage.

VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Once you have been diagnosed with ANY chronic life threatening disease it is extremely important to maintain health insurance coverage. You may be denied coverage of "Pre-Existing" health conditions if there is ANY lapse in coverage. If you are part of a group health plan provided by an employer, and your employment ends you have an option to continue that coverage under the "Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985" (COBRA) for up to 18 months. Get details from your employer. If you received a disability award you can receive an 11month extension in addition to the initial 18 months. This will cover you through the period when you receive Social Security Disability to the time (24 months) when you qualify for Medicare

The American Brain Tumor Association provides a great list of resources at:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has a financial assistance program for lymphoma patients at information/getinformationsupport/financialmatters/copayassistance/

The Health Well foundation at for patients who cannot afford their co-payments, coinsurance, and premiums.

Patient Access Network Foundation PO Box 221858, Charlotte, NC 28222-1858 Toll Free: (866) 316-7263

Chronic Disease Fund 6900 N. Dallas Pkwy, Suite 200 Piano, TX 75024 Toll Free: (877)

CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation 275 Seventh Ave, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10001 (866-552-6729)

Fifth Season Financial Corp will provide loans up to 75% value of your life insurance at

Mission4Maureen financial assistance to families who are burdened with the staggering cost of brain cancer treatment at

The government has a program called Making home affordable were the work with your mortgage company to make you payments easier to manage.