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Pediatric Cancer – covering the cost

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I am not a survivor of a pediatric cancer. Though I am a parent and I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to learn that your child had cancer. And then learn of the possible short, long-term and late stage side effects that your child might have to content with.
Years of working with the parents of pediatric cancer patients has taught me that the financial toxicity caused by a cancer diagnosis comes in many forms and is a side effect every bit as difficult as physical ones.  The article below focuses on covering the cost of pediatric cancer.
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David Emerson
  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Pediatric cancer can be challenging in many ways. When your child first gets a cancer diagnosis, one of many pressing concerns is how, exactly, you are going to pay for their medical expenses. And of course, there is more to paying for
cancer than medical expenses alone.
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Ensuring you have a place to call home throughout treatment is a must. Unfortunately, when you’re missing work, traveling for appointments, and paying medical bills, it can be challengingto make a mortgage payment as well. There are a few ways that you can shrink that mortgage payment, though.

You might be able to eliminate PMI (private mortgage insurance), which would drop your payment, or you could shop around for a cheaper policy. Talk with your lender about your options, and also try talking with local officials; sometimes properties can be reassessed for a lower tax value.

Another option is to refinance your home, which could be ideal for freeing up cash or securing
better terms to lower your monthly payment. A lower monthly payment or an equity payout can
make a big difference.

Tap into Life Insurance

To help pay for childhood cancer, sometimes you can draw from a life insurance policy to help pay for medical expenses. This would typically reduce the benefit you would receive following a death. However, it can alleviate
financial stress for everyone, as well as reduce the potential debt that you could incur.

For the Self-Employed

Freelancers and self-employed individuals are often left wondering – and worrying – what to do
about healthcare, but you may be able to seek coverage through the Affordable Care Act, Cobra
plans, or joining the insurance plan of your partner. If either you or your spouse belong to a
professional association, they may provide insurance options as well. The main takeaway: you
have options!

Look Ahead for Your Family

Unless you already have a life insurance policy for your child, a cancer diagnosis can make it
difficult to get a new policy. To protect your family financially, consider investing in burial
insurance just in case, which your child might still qualify for after a cancer diagnosis. A burial
policy can help cover the funeral and bridge the financial gap on any medical bills left behind.

Consider the Cost of Long-Term Care

With a pediatric cancer diagnosis, there is a high probability that your child will need more hands-on care
than your family can provide. This could mean entering a skilled nursing care facility when
recovering from treatments. Unfortunately, long-term care insurance is not typically available for
people with cancer. Your options here are to self-insure by using savings or to look into benefits
that are already owed. Medicare and Medicaid might offer some assistance.

Determine Where Assistance is Available

If you do not live near a cancer treatment center, you might incur travel and transportation
expenses. In this instance, your child might be eligible for charitable services that can help
eliminate or reduce these costs, and there are several organizations ready to help.

Mercy Medical Angels is a program that might be able to assist your child in getting to and from
treatment. Other programs that might ease your financial burden are the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Temporary Assistance for Needy

This guide is not a comprehensive listing of expenses you might incur if you face a pediatric cancer diagnosis, nor of organizations ready to help for childhood cancer. There are endless variables that determine your family’s personal needs, and this is simply a good place to start. A childhood cancer diagnosis can be devastating for everyone.
To make the most of your time, look for ways to eliminate or reduce the financial strain so you
can focus on treatment and enjoying every day you have together.


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