If you need help paying for myeloma care, where do you start? Yu Mee Song, an oncology social worker, reviews several resources, including copay assistance programs and advocacy groups.
Yu Mee Song, LCSW, OSW-C is a Social Work Program Coordinator at the Center of Excellence for Multiple Myeloma Program at Mount Sinai Hospital. Learn more about Yu Mee Song.
Yu Mee, many of the newer myeloma therapies can be quite costly. If a patient is seeking financial support, where would you suggest they start?
Yu Mee Song:
Many of the pharmaceutical companies provide financial assistance if you meet their eligibility criteria.
So, you can start there with – with the help of your oncology social worker. There are other great organizations that provide a significant copay assistance and also reimbursement with your insurance premiums and coinsurance. Some of the ones that we use often are, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, HealthWell Foundation is another great organization, PAN F is another organization that provide copay assistance, and P-A-F Copay Relief Foundation.
Okay. And, uh – uh, you as a social worker would have that information for a patient to – to direct them in the – the right path.
Yu Mee Song:
Yes. Yeah. Because they would also need assistance from us and the physician, verifying certain – that they’re in treatment.
Right. Yeah. That makes sense.