Insurance & Medical Financial Help for Pediatric Cancer in North Carolina

When caring for a critically ill child managing hospital bills and insurance issues is difficult. To help with the process we have compiled a list of resources that can provide assistance and services in North Carolina. We will be updating our list regularly and if you see a resource missing please email anything@the

In addition to providing guidance for resources we also have a Facebook Group only for families with children who have, or have had, life-threatening medical conditions (open to these families nationwide).

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Non-profit Insurance & Medical Financial Help

Cancer Services, Inc. 
800-228-7421 (In-state only) 336-760-9983
Provides medication and financial assistance, surgical supplies and equipment, transportation assistance, wigs, prostheses and peer support. Provides direct financial assistance to people in Forsyth, Davie, Stokes and Yadkin counties. Non-residents of these counties needing medication and financial assistance may still call, and they may be referred to services in the community, as well as national resources. Non-financial assistance is provided free of charge regardless of where you reside.

1-800-813-HOPE (4673)
Nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to those with cancer, as well as connections with other financial assistance resources. Funding is available for transportation, home care, child care, pain medications, chemotherapy, radiation, and lymphedema services. There are income guidelines.

North Carolina Cancer Assistance Program, North Carolina Division of Public Health
919.707.5321 or 866.693.2656
Provides financial assistance for diagnostic or treatment services to qualified applicants. Applicants must be North Carolina residents, meet financial and certain medical requirements. Patient’s doctor must submit a letter for the patient. Services must be pre-approved; there is a maximum per pre-approved claim of $25,000. The program approves up to 8 days of service for the diagnosis of cancer per year.

Fifth Season Financial
(866) 459-1271
Fifth Season Financial offer the Funds for Living and Giving (FLAG) Program, a financial assistance resource that helps relieve the financial burden experienced by many late-stage cancer patients. Fifth Season’s program provides funds to people living with cancer by using their life insurance policy as collateral. The FLAG Program has provided over $75 million in funds to hundreds of families. 

Patient Advocate Foundation
The Process is Simple. Patient Advocate Foundation's Patient Services provides patients with arbitration, mediation and negotiation to settle issues with access to care, medical debt, and job retention related to their illness. 

Co-Pay Relief
(866) 512-3861
Sponsored by Patient Advocate Foundation. Provides assistance with prescriptions for insured patients who have been diagnosed with Autoimmune Disorders, Diabetes, Lymphoma, Sarcoma, Macular Degeneration, Breast, Colon, Lung, Kidney, and Prostate Cancers.

Online Cost Estimators for Medicine & Healthcare 

NeedyMeds is a national non-profit organization that maintains a website of free information on programs that help people who can't afford medications and healthcare costs. More than 1.3 million patients, family members, healthcare professionals, social workers and patient advocates use the NeedyMeds website each year. We regularly update data on over 9,000 assistance programs, 15,000 free/low-cost/sliding scale clinics and nearly 1,500 drug discount coupons. 

North Carolina Health Care Cost Estimator
Lack of transparency is a big problem in health care – it costs U.S. consumers more than $100 billion each year. As a health care consumer, you can use this tool to compare the cost of various health care services at facilities near you. This is important because many health plans require you to pay at least some of the cost of your care. So making sure you get the best quality and best price helps keep you and your wallet healthy. Cost estimates are averages based on historical BCBSNC claims data. Amounts listed typically include physician fees, facility fees and costs for things like anesthesia, drugs, medical supplies – as well as customer responsibility (deductible, co-pay and co-insurance). Your actual costs may be different based on variations in these factors as well as your health plan design, deductibles/co-insurance and out-of-pocket limits.