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I will need to travel to Fort Worth for cancer treatment and was wondering what type of help with accommodations and transportation I might be eligible for.
- Felix Li(Insurance Navigator)•
I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Navigating cancer treatment can be challenging and you certainly have options to ease your burden, particularly when it comes to accommodations and transportation. Here are some options to consider:
**American Cancer Society (ACS): **ACS has programs that may help with transportation and lodging. The Road To Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. For lodging, ACS has partnerships with hotels across the country to provide rooms for patients and caregivers, and they also run Hope Lodges in many locations. To inquire about their current programs, you can contact ACS directly at 1-800-227-2345.
Healthcare Hospitality Network (HHN): This is an association of nearly 200 nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. that provide lodging and support services to patients, families, and their loved ones who are receiving medical treatment far from their home communities. They have a directory that can help you connect with specific nonprofits.
**Joe's House: **Joe’s House is a nonprofit organization providing a directory of places to stay across the country near hospitals and treatments centers that offer a discount for traveling patients and their loved ones. (https://www.joeshouse.org/)
The Hospital: Reach out to the hospital or treatment center where you will be receiving your care. Many hospitals have social workers on staff who can provide information about resources, both within the hospital and in the community, which can help with accommodation and transportation costs.
Insurance: Lastly, check with your health insurance company to see if they cover any of the costs associated with traveling for treatment. Some insurance policies do provide for this type of assistance.
Clinical Trials: If you're participating in a clinical trial, some trials may provide assistance with travel and accommodation. This is case-dependent and should be confirmed with the trial coordinator.
I hope this helps and I wish you all the best with your treatment. Please let me know if we can help find more resources.