Joanna L. Fawzy Morales Esq
- CEO of Triage Cancer
- Co-author of Cancer Rights Law for the American Bar Association
- 2015 Legacy Advocate Award recipient from Stupid Cancer
- 2009 Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Public Policy Advocate of the Year
Joanna L. Fawzy Morales, Esq, is a cancer rights attorney, author, speaker, and CEO of Triage Cancer, a national, nonprofit organization providing free education on practical and legal issues that may impact individuals coping with cancer and their caregivers, through events, materials, and resources. She has spent nearly thirty years working on behalf of individuals with cancer, including five as an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School, teaching a seminar in cancer rights law, and eight at the John Wayne Cancer Institute’s Psychosocial Care Program and Positive Appearance Center. She has also taught a community advocacy clinic as an adjunct professor of law at Wayne State University Law School.
Ms. Morales co-authored Cancer Rights Law for the American Bar Association – the first and only book of its kind. In 2020, she wrote a chapter "Cancer-Related Legal Issues," for the Oncology Nursing Society’s book, Oncology Nurse Navigation: Delivering Patient-Centered Care Across the Continuum. She has been published in a variety of cancer, health, and women's publications.
Including many hosted by Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Ms. Morales has presented nearly one thousand educational seminars on employment, insurance, health care, and advocacy issues throughout the country for individuals diagnosed with cancer, caregivers, health care professionals, advocates, lawyers, employers, and the general public. In addition, she has served on numerous cancer community committees and boards.
Ms. Morales has received several awards and recognition for her service to the cancer community and her work in the area of legislative advocacy, including the 2009 Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Public Policy Advocate of the Year and the 2015 Legacy Advocate Award from Stupid Cancer. In 2010, she was recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the Top 20 Attorneys in California Under the Age of 40.
Ms. Morales earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations from the University of California Los Angeles and a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School Los Angeles.
Managing hidden costs
Many people find their monthly and daily living expenses – for food, mortgage, rent, and utilities – compete with their healthcare costs. Many businesses are willing to work with you on payment plans and nonprofits, churches, and even pharmaceutical companies may have financial assistance programs for people like you.
Breast cancer and the workplace
Many people consider their work and career path to be an important part of life, for financial and personal reasons. Whether you’re working through breast cancer treatment or returning to work afterward, it’s normal to worry how your cancer history may affect your ability to work, earn a living, and progress toward your career goals.
Financial Assistance Helps Keep People on Breast Cancer Medicine
Women taking hormonal therapy for breast cancer who received financial assistance for their medicine were more likely to stay on that medicine, regardless of race or ethnicity, than women who did not.
Understanding your health insurance
Understanding your health insurance plan and what it covers is an important part of managing the costs of any long-term illness. Knowing the terms of your benefits will help you plan ahead for out-of-pocket expenses and help you get the most coverage possible for the tests, treatments, and procedures you need. Sharing what you know about your health insurance with your doctors will help them recommend medical care that is covered by your health plan.
Dealing with a claim denial
There may come a time when your insurance company denies a claim, which means they have decided not to pay for a treatment, procedure, or medicine your doctor recommended. A claim denial does not mean that you cannot move forward with that treatment, but it does mean you may have to cover the full cost.