Financial resources during the coronavirus outbreak

Breast Cancer News
July 17, 2020

The rapid spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, and efforts taken to control that spread have affected many people financially. You may have lost your job, had hours or shifts cut, closed a business, or otherwise lost income during this crisis.

We’re dedicated to connecting you with the information and support you need at this time. We’ve compiled a list of financial support available to people affected by breast cancer. We’ll continue to research and update this resource to get you up-to-date information.


  • Internal Revenue Service
    • The federal government is providing Economic Impact Payments, also referred to as stimulus payments, to most taxpayers. U.S. residents making under $75,000 a year receive the payment of $1,200 for individual or head-of-household filers — and $2,400 for married couples filing jointly. Get additional eligibility guidelines and information.
  • State departments of health
    • Your state’s department of health may have online COVID-19 resource guides that include guidance on unemployment benefits, financial resources, and other useful information.

Nonprofit organizations

  • Cancer Support Community 
    • Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund
      • This grant will be provided as a limited credit card to be used for food, transportation, housing, utilities, childcare, or other non-medical expenses.
      • Call (888) 409-4166 to apply
  • CancerCare
    • Financial assistance for COVID-19
      • Assistance is available for people with cancer in active treatment to help with costs including food, medicines, general household expenses, transportation, home care, and child care.
      • Call (800) 813-4673 to apply.
  • COVID-19 Emergency Food Assistance Program (closed as of July 17, 2020)
    • The program provides assistance to immunocompromised patients living with cancer, multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis whose ability to access or afford food and other nutritional needs is at risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Partners include Team Rubicon and Patient Advocate Foundation, with support from the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation.
    • Apply online.
  • HealthWell Foundation 
    • COVID-19 Ancillary Costs
      • Assistance is available with costs related to food, medicines, diagnostics, telemedicine, and transportation. They also have a program to assist with the cost of insurance premiums.
      • Call (800) 675-8416 to apply.
  • PAN Foundation 
    • COVID-19 Treatment and Prevention Fund
      • Eligible applicants can use the financial support for treatment expenses for COVID-19, over-the-counter and prescription medicines, medical equipment and supplies, and groceries and meals, including delivery services.
      • Call (866) 316-7263 to apply.
  • Patient Advocate Foundation 
    • COVID Care Recovery Fund
      • This small grant program assists eligible patients who are in need of non-medical, day-to-day cost of living expenses as a result of their diagnosis of COVID-19, including with utility bills, rent or mortgage payments, car payments and other transportation expenses, and temporary lodging.
      • Call (855) 824-7941, option 1 to apply or apply online
  • The Pink Fund 
    • COVID-19 Real Help Now Fund
      • This program provides limited yet critical financial aid for housing, transportation, utilities, and insurance for up to 90 days.
      • Call (877) 234-7465 to apply.
  • Tigerlily Foundation
    • Funds for Families COVID-19 Relief Program
      • Tigerlily Foundation offers financial grants to breast cancer patients who are under age 45 at time of diagnosis. The program provides financial assistance to families based on need. 
      • Visit the Tigerlily Foundation website for more information.
  • Triage Cancer 
    • Comprehensive updates on financial and insurance resources during COVID-19
      • Triage Cancer will share a series of blogs about changes at the federal and state levels to help people manage their finances, work, and insurance.
  • The Tutu Project of the Carey Foundation and Vital Options International
    • Grocery Assistance
      • Provides funds for groceries for people with breast cancer struggling to feed their families during the pandemic.
  • United Way 211 
    • The United Way’s 211 service connects millions of people across the United States to help and resources.  Your local 211 can assist you with locating resources for food, housing bills, and other essential services.

Pharmaceutical assistance programs

  • Bristol Myers Squibb 
    • Expanded Patient Support Program
      • An expansion of its longstanding patient support programs to help people in the U.S. who have lost their job and health insurance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for people who are non-U.S. residents and unable to travel to their home country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
      • Call (800) 721-8909 to apply.
  • Merck
    • Merck Patient Support and Assistance Programs
      • The Merck Patient Assistance Program is making changes to help people who have lost their jobs and people who can't get to a doctor's office
      • Merck is making some medicines available for a $0 co-pay through the Merck Access Program for people getting medicine through private insurance.
      • Call (800) 672-6372 to learn more.
  • Additional Resources
    • More information about pharmaceutical companies’ patient assistance programs can be found here:

We’re here to support you through this pandemic. To learn more about how the COVID-19 outbreak may affect breast cancer treatment and ways to care for your emotional health, visit our COVID-19 resources page.

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