A prostate cancer diagnosis on its own evokes stress and worry, not just for the man diagnosed, but his family as well. When the family is facing financial turmoil, it intensifies stress and can have a negative effect on his survival. When cancer patients file bankruptcy, prostate cancer patients are twice as likely to die compared to other types of cancer patients. The Blue Fund was created to help ease the financial burden so men can focus on healing by providing short-term financial assistance for men undergoing active treatment for prostate cancer.
Financial assistance will be available for qualified men undergoing active treatment for prostate cancer, providing up to $1,000 per month for up to three months, based on available funds and need. Men must be able to demonstrate need, based upon Federal poverty guidelines, debt to income ratio and/or recent hardship.
Among the types of debts that will be considered are utility bills, mortgage or rent payments, car or car insurance payments, license plate renewal, health insurance premiums, prescription co-pays and phone cards to ensure regular communication with physicians. Applicants will be required to fill out an application for assistance, verify medical information, submit HIPAA and other release forms and provide proof of financial status. A full list of requirements is detailed on The Blue Fund at MIUMensHealthFoundation.org.