COVID-19 Financial Support Fund

This is a growing directory of COVID-19 related financial assistance programs.

In addition to concerns about coronavirus, you may be worried about managing your finances as the pandemic continues to impact daily life. We know times are tough, and you may need extra help right now. Refer to the directory below for direct financial assistance programs from organizations offering relief during COVID-19. 

*Please note that this resource list is intended to serve as a reference guide only and does not indicate PAN’s support of any particular organization. PAN cannot determine whether patients will be eligible for assistance from these organizations or guarantee funding availability.  We also recommend that you check directly with the organization to confirm all program information and criteria.

Financial resources

  • Assistance amount: $300

    Financial assistance for Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with COVID-19 or directed to self-quarantine and who also have cancer or a chronic and rare disease.

    Assistance includes:

    • Treatment expenses for COVID-19
    • Over-the-counter and prescription medications, including delivery services
    • Medical equipment and supplies
    • Transportation to medical appointments or pharmacies
    • Groceries and meals, including delivery services

    Eligibility:

    • The patient must be diagnosed with COVID-19 or directed to self-quarantine by their healthcare provider or government agency.
    • The patient must also have cancer or a chronic or rare disease.
    • The patient must have Medicare health insurance.
    • The patient’s income must fall at or below 400% of the Federal Poverty Level.
    • The patient must reside and receive treatment in the United States or U.S. territories. (U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.)

     

    To apply, call us at 1-866-316-7263 from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET.

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  • Assistance amount: $250

    Financial assistance for dialysis or recent kidney transplant patients, including:

    • Food
    • Medications
    • Transportation

    Eligibility: Any U.S. dialysis or recent kidney transplant patient who demonstrates financial need.

    Apply online

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  • Assistance amount: Up to $300

    Financial assistance for patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, including:

    • Unemployment
    • Transportation
    • Childcare
    • Grocery delivery fees
    • Other expenses directly related to paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria and the COVID-19 pandemic

    Eligibility:

    • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and reside in the U.S. or U.S. territories.
    • Must have a clinically confirmed diagnosis of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, attested to by the patient or care team member.
    • May be insured or uninsured.
    • There is no income criteria.
    • You do not need to have a COVID-19 diagnosis but must explain how the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic has directly created a financial hardship related to your health or well being.

    Learn more and apply online

  • Financial assistance for patients with cancer, including: 

    • Food
    • Medications
    • General household expenses
    • Home care
    • Childcare
    • Transportation

    Eligibility:

    • Have a diagnosis of cancer confirmed by an oncology healthcare provider.
    • Be in active treatment for your cancer.
    • Live in the U.S. or Puerto Rico.
    • Meet eligibility guidelines based on the Federal Poverty Level.

    To apply, call 800-813-4673

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  • Assistance amount: $250

    Financial assistance for patients with cancer, including:

    • Food
    • Transportation
    • Housing
    • Utilities
    • Childcare
    • Non-medical expenses

    Eligibility:

    • Cancer patients who are in active treatment, including palliative and hospice care.
    • Eligible applicants must meet specific annual household income guidelines.
    • Annual income must fall below the listed maximum levels.

    To apply, call 1-888-409-4166

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  • Financial assistance for patients to and from their community oncology practice, including: 

    • Free, local transportation to and from appointments.

    Eligibility:

    • Registered COA practices

    Apply online/learn more

  • Financial assistance for: 

    • Patients to help cover the cost of general household expenses.

    Eligibility:

    • Must be a registered COA practice
    • Patients with incomes at or below 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). In the New York Tri-State area, patients with incomes at or below 400 percent of the FPL qualify.

    Apply online/learn more

  • Assistance amount: $200

    Financial assistance for patients with colorectal cancer, including:

    • Household bills
    • Food
    • Childcare
    • Transportation costs

    Eligibility:

    • Be uninsured or underinsured
    • Have a total yearly household income of no more than $75,000
    • Be in active treatment for colorectal cancer to receive the treatment stipend
    • Reside in the U.S.

    To apply, call 877-422-2030 or apply online

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  • Assistance amount: $250

    Financial assistance for Medicare patients with a chronic illness. Assistance includes:

    • Food (including meal delivery services, take-out, pick-up and groceries)
    • Utility bills
    • Rent or mortgage payments
    • Transportation (including gas, taxi/cab fare, ride share Services, parking fees, tolls)
    • Hotel rooms

    To apply, call (855) 215-2717 or apply online

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  • Assistance amount: $250

    Financial assistance for: 

    • Delivered food
    • Delivered medication
    • Diagnostics
    • Telehealth
    • Transportation

    Eligibility:

    • You or a member of your household have a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 or
    • You or a member of your household are part of a high-risk group that should be especially mindful of contact with COVID-19 (including, but not limited to, immunocompromised patients, the elderly, infants) or
    • You reside in a geographic area within the United States or one of its territories where COVID-19 is prevalent or
    • You or a member of your household had a physician or healthcare provider, or any other official, recommend self-quarantine regarding exposure to COVID-19

    To apply, call 800-675-8416

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  • Assistance amount: $6,000

    Financial assistance for patients with a cancer diagnosis or another serious illness who have been furloughed and lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis.

    The assistance includes:

    • Health insurance premium costs

    Eligibility:

    • The health insurance policy holder has been laid off from his/her job due to the COVID-19 crisis.
    • The health insurance policy holder has been furloughed from his/her job due to the COVID-19 crisis.
    • The health insurance policy holder OR a covered member of the health insurance policy:
      • Has a cancer/oncology diagnosis OR a serious, chronic illness AND
      • Is in active treatment where a disruption in therapy would have serious consequences for the patient AND
    • Household Income of the health insurance policy holder prior to being laid off or furloughed is within 500% of the Federal Poverty Level.

    To apply, call 800-675-8416

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  • Financial assistance for families with ALS, including:

    • Groceries
    • Food delivery
    • Sanitizing cleaner
    • Surgical masks
    • Respiratory supplies
    • Over-the-counter medications

    Eligibility:

    • Attend the Lois Insolia ALS Clinic at the Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine
    • Accept a phone visit by a member of our Support Services Team

    To apply, email supportservices@lesturnerals.org

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  • Assistance amount: $250

    Financial assistance for patients with blood cancer to offset non-medical expenses, including:

    • Rent
    • Mortgage
    • Utilities
    • Food

    Eligibility:

    • Patients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and reside in the U.S. or U.S. territories.
    • Patients must have a confirmed diagnosis of blood cancer, be in active treatment, scheduled to begin treatment, or in follow up care, all attested to by the patient or care team member.
    • There are no income criteria. Patients may be insured or uninsured.
    • Patients do not need to have a COVID-19 diagnosis

    To apply, call 877-557-2672

    Apply online 

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  • Assistance amount: $500 – $2,500

    Financial assistance for: 

    • Food, rent, utilities, transportation, and other essential recurring household bills.
    • Medical care, medication, treatments, medical equipment and other recurring bills related to maintaining health.
    • Childcare services related to maintaining work status and/or physical and mental health for parents and caregivers.
    • Necessary items specifically related to pandemic protection such as masks, soap, cleaners, hand sanitizer, etc.

    Eligibility:

    • Individuals and families in the U.S. living with rare disease who are in need of immediate financial help

    Apply online

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  • Assistance amount: $500

    Financial assistance for lung cancer patients, including:

    • Food
    • Transportation
    • Other general household bills

    Eligibility:

    • Patients must be in active treatment or actively pursuing treatment for lung cancer.
    • US residents receiving care for lung cancer in the US.
    • Income eligibility:
      • Household income limit of 300% of the federal poverty limit ($38,280/individual; $51,720/family of 2; $78,600/family of four).

    To apply, call 844-360-5864

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  • Financial assistance for people with lymphoma/CLL in active treatment, including:

    • Food
    • Transportation
    • Lodging or housing
    • Utilities
    • Child care
    • Devices (e.g., canes, wheelchairs, ramps, air filters)

    **Please note that these funds cannot support co-pays and/or coinsurance, insurance premiums and direct costs of medicine

    Eligibility:

    • Have a diagnosis of lymphoma or CLL confirmed by an oncology health care provider (Physician Referral Form must be completed)
    • Be in active treatment for your cancer or received treatment within the last 6 months
    • Live and be a legal resident of the U.S
    • Have a household income that is at or below 500 percent of the U.S. federal poverty guidelines

    To apply, call 800-500-9976 or email Helpline@lymphoma.org

    Applicants must also submit a completed Physician Referral Form confirming their lymphoma/CLL diagnosis from their primary oncologist.

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  • Assistance amount: $500

    Financial assistance for patients affected by COVID-19 before or after a marrow transplant, including:

    • Medical expenses
    • Non-medical expenses

    Eligibility:

    • Patients must be receiving treatment at a U.S.- based Transplant Center
    • If pre-transplant: Your center must be located in the U.S. and have initiated the patient’s formal search with the National Marrow Donor Program® / Be The Match® on or after March 1, 2019 with the intention to move forward with an allogeneic transplant.
    • If post-transplant: The patient must have received an unrelated or related transplant facilitated by NMDP/Be The Match on or after March 1, 2019.
    • Patients do not need a COVID-19 diagnosis to qualify.

    Apply online

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  • Assistance amount: Up to $1,000 annually

    Financial assistance for patients with rare diseases, including:

    • Rent or mortgage payment assistance
    • Unexpected utility expenses
    • Home or major appliances
    • Cellular or internet service
    • Emergency repairs to car

    Eligibility:

    • The patient has an applicable diagnosis or physician referral.
    • The patient currently lives in the United States.
    • The patient meets NORD’s financial need criteria.

    To apply, call 203-242-0497 or email COVID19assistance@rarediseases.org

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  • Financial assistance for patients with a rare disease diagnosis and financial need. Assistance includes:

    • Certain out-of-pocket costs associated with health insurance premiums
    • Medical visits and telehealth consults
    • Laboratory and diagnostic testing
    • Physical therapy and medical equipment

    Eligibility: 

    • The individual and/or immediate family within the household must have a confirmed rare disease diagnosis.
    • There must be a direct COVID-19 impact on the rare disease diagnosed individual or his/her immediate family within the household. Examples of direct impact include job loss, wage reduction, lay-off, physician order to cease working, etc.
    • The individual must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. for at least 6 months.
    • Applicants must meet financial eligibility criteria guidelines (at or below 400% of the Federal Poverty Level) or demonstrate financial impact/mitigating circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic (examples of mitigating factors impacting financial eligibility may include: loss of job/layoff; diminished work hours; inability to work due to risk of exposure, or due to caring for family member diagnosed with coronavirus (documentation will be requested).

    To apply, call 203-242-0497 or email COVID19assistance@rarediseases.org

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  • Assistance amount: $500

    Financial assistance for:

    • Rent and mortgage
    • Phone bill
    • Utilities (electric, gas, etc.)
    • Groceries
    • Emergency childcare

    Eligibility:

    • Must be a currently active PSI patient who meets income criteria and
    • Self or member of household has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or suffered a job loss or reduction in workforce hours due to COVID-19. 

    *Please note, assistance is limited to one patient per household.

    To apply, call 800-366-7741.

    Apply online by logging in to the PSI patient portal.

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  • Assistance amount: Up to $2,000 per household

    Financial assistance for previous Samfund recipients, including:

    • A one-time rent or mortgage payment

    Eligibility:

    • Previous Samfund recipients who live in the US are eligible to apply, independent of their current age or treatment status.
    • The applicant’s household must have experienced a job loss or significant reduction in wages/hours due to the COVID-19 crisis.
    • There is no specific income requirement.

    Apply online

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  • Assistance amount: $500

    Financial assistance for patients with cancer, multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis. Assistance includes:

    • Groceries
    • Food delivery/pick up
    • Medically tailored meals

    Eligibility:

    • Patients with cancer, multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis who experience difficulty accessing or affording food or other nutritional needs due to COVID-19, with eligibility established at the point of application in most cases.

    Apply online

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  • Assistance amount: Up to $2,500

    Financial assistance for TAF grant recipients who have experienced a disruption in their health insurance coverage due to a COVID-19 related job loss, including:

    • Replacement health insurance

    Eligibility:

    • You must be actively enrolled or have been enrolled in a TAF copay program in 2020; you must have filed a claim in 2020; and must not be currently enrolled in a TAF financial assistance program.
    • You must be a legal resident of the United States or a US territory, and must fall within household-income and household-size financial guidelines based upon the Federal Poverty Level.
    • Your insurance coverage must have been impacted by a COVID-19-related job loss.
    • You must have secured or be in the process of securing replacement insurance (or must be paying directly for continuation of existing insurance).
    • You must submit a complete program application that includes the patient’s attestation.

    Apply online

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  • Assistance amount: Up to $3,000

    Financial assistance for a short-term basis (up to 90 days) with a financial cap of $3,000 based on qualification and need to people with breast cancer, including:

    • Direct bill payment of utility bills
    • Mortgage or rent
    • Car or car insurance payment
    • Health insurance premiums

    Eligibility:

    • Qualified applicants undergoing active treatment of breast cancer who can prove a loss of the applicant’s working income.
    • The Pink Fund defines active treatment as the period after a positive diagnosis of breast cancer has been made (with a diagnostic biopsy), and during which therapies are being administered, including surgical procedures to remove the cancer (e.g. single or bi-lateral mastectomy, lumpectomy, axillary dissection, or sentinel node biopsy), chemotherapy or radiation.
    • Applicants must have a household income of 500% or less of the federal poverty level based on last year’s federal tax return.

    Learn more and apply by mail

  • Financial assistance for patients with breast cancer, including:

    • Immediate relief to breast cancer patients struggling to feed their families during the pandemic.

    Eligibility:

    • Patients with breast cancer

    Apply online

    Learn more

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