What type of assistance does Jen’s Friends give to cancer patients?
Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation provides supplemental financial assistance. That means that we supplement existing financial resources to pay for non-medical expenses that are not covered by other programs (such as Medicare, fuel assistance, etc.)
The types of support given to a client are customized to that client’s situation and financial needs. Listed below are some of the expenses Jen’s Friends would support:
- Rent, mortgage, taxes
- Travel expenses to and from chemotherapy and radiation treatments
- Child care during times of treatment
- Prescriptions not covered by other sources
- Prescription and insurance co-payments
- Other special expenses to support quality of life
We do not make payments directly to our client. Instead, we make payments directly to the vendor, such as the mortgage or utility company. We also establish accounts at grocery stores or gas stations for our client and his/her family.
NOTE: We do not cover direct medical expenses, nor do we provide primary care services. Also not covered is personal travel not associated with approved treatments.
In addition to setting up accounts, we work with our clients to find other resources. For instance, we will advise clients to visit the Town Welfare Office or contact the Veterans Administration, or apply for fuel assistance. We will also help them apply for health insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Who is eligible for assistance?
Jen’s Friends accepts applications from any individual who is currently diagnosed with cancer or has been in remission for less than one year.
In addition, all candidates must meet the following two criteria:
an applicant must be a resident of the Mount Washington Valley region. Specifically, the individual must live in one of the following towns, which are grouped according to school districts:
- NH School Administrative Unit 9: Albany, Bartlett, Chatham, Conway (Center Conway and North Conway), Eaton, Hart’s Location, and Jackson.
- NH School Administrative Unit 13: Freedom, Madison, and Tamworth.
- ME School Administrative District 72: Brownfield, Denmark, Fryeburg, Lovell, Stowe, and Sweden.
2. Limited Healthcare Coverage:
an applicant must have limited or no health care coverage, and/or have financial difficulty due to cancer.
What does ‘supplemental financial resources’ mean?
Although Jen’s Friends is unable to fully cover all financial needs, supplemental financial resources are provided. This statement means that we support families in the best possible manner with specific expenses that are not covered by other programs (Medicaid, Medicare, town welfare, indigent care programs, etc.).
How long is support provided?
The Disbursement Committee will review the needs of each client on an ongoing basis to reassess the need for increased funding or to decrease and/or discontinue financial support. On the client’s application anniversary date, a committee member will also ask families to confirm their need for continued support.
How long is the application review process?
A decision regarding coverage will be communicated to the applicant within ten (10) business days of receipt of the application, provided that no additional information or research was required.