Options for Mesothelioma Financial Assistance
Mesothelioma Insurance Claims
Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance plans are all ways to help you afford mesothelioma treatment.
Before seeking treatment, check with your health insurance provider to help you understand what is covered in your plan and how much you may expect in co-pays. There should be no gaps in coverage, as this could lead to out-of-pocket costs.
Also, make sure to keep track of medical bills, insurance claims, and prescription records to resolve possible billing errors or disputes.
Housing and Travel Grants
Even if mesothelioma treatments are covered by your insurance plan, you may have to travel to access them if there is not a specialist close to where you live. Out-of-pocket travel expenses can add up quickly, but you may be able to get reimbursed through grants.
Mesothelioma travel grants can cover:
- Fares for cabs, taxis, and Uber/Lyft rides
- Gas costs
- Hotel stays for you and your family
- Ticket costs for travel by airplane, bus, or train
Cancer organizations like the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) provide travel grants for qualifying applicants. Additionally, if you’re seeking mesothelioma treatment from a VA doctor, your travel expenses may be reimbursed.
To ensure you are getting the best value from a travel grant, check to see what expenses will be covered before applying.
If you are a veteran with mesothelioma, you can pursue financial help from the VA. In fact, you may be able to receive free or low-cost mesothelioma treatment through the VA Health Care System.
Other VA benefits that provide financial aid include:
- Disability compensation
- VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (VA DIC)
- Special Monthly Compensation (SMC)
To access VA benefits, you must show that you were exposed to asbestos during military service and that this caused you to develop mesothelioma later in life.
Asbestos Trust Funds
Asbestos product manufacturers who filed for bankruptcy to avoid lawsuits were forced by the U.S. courts system to put money in special trusts so that current and future victims of asbestos exposure could get compensation.
Did You Know?
Over $30 billion has been set aside in asbestos trust funds. If you qualify, you can receive a portion of this money.
Connect with our team today to learn if you can access financial compensation from an asbestos bankruptcy trust.
If an asbestos company does not have a trust fund, you may be able to file a lawsuit against them. Most mesothelioma lawsuits are settled out of court for around $1 million to $1.4 million, which allows you to receive compensation without the need for an in-person trial.
“Many of my patients who have settlements have said to me, ‘That’s my bankroll. That is to make sure that whatever it is I need, I can afford to do to take care of myself.’”
– Mary Hesdorffer, Executive Director of the Meso Foundation
Working with a mesothelioma lawyer can help take the hassle out of filing a lawsuit. Your lawyer will handle most of the work that comes with the case while you focus on your health and well-being.