Information on Insurance and Financial Assistance
Visionary Alternatives, Inc.
6022 NW 32nd Court,
Boca Raton, Florida 33496
Visionary Alternatives, Inc., a Florida not-for-profit, federally tax-exempt corporation was created to provide the opportunity for individuals with life threatening illnesses to receive the treatment of their choice. They will help with the necessary funding for proven unconventional treatment when insurances are lacking and personal finances have been exhausted, or they may be able to get you into a clinic at a discounted rate.
9396 Richmond Avenue, Suite 307
The Cancer Coalition of America (CCA) is a nonprofit organization that provides grants to patients who can no longer afford the treatment that is helping them. Their goal is to ensure that when a patient is responding to a treatment—whether it be traditional, alternative, or experimental—funds are available if the patient no longer can afford to continue paying for that treatment. The CCA provides grants to patients for various aspects of care that health insurance does not cover. They provide assistance for people who are already in a program but who might have to quit the therapy because of a lack of funds.
More and more health insurers and HMOs are covering alternative therapies, including Blue Cross of Washington and Alaska, Blue Cross of California, California Pacific, Catholic HealthCare West, HealthNet, Kaiser Permanente, Mutual of Omaha, Oxford Health Plans, and Prudential. Be sure to check with your insurance provider to see if they now cover alternative therapies or if they plan to.
We understand that some insurance companies will cover some of the therapies listed on this site. We even understand that they will cover some clinics even outside the United States. For example, we heard that Klinik St George treated one patient for prostate cancer and their insurance picked up some of the charges. So it is worth checking. You should be prepared though that most clinics outside the US require cash upfront to begin treatment.
Medicare and Medicaid plans are accepted at some of the clinics in the U.S. If you do not have funds to pay for treatment and have been diagnosed with cancer, you can apply for medicare to help cover the costs. Then you can contact clinics or us to see if they will accept Medicare.
You may want to work with an insurance coordinator. One company is Health Insurance Claims Filing Services in Houston, Texas - Phone 713 937 1875 or Fax 713 937 1921. We understand many alternative clinics use them to help get your treatments covered. They do charge 10-15% of the monies recovered as payment. They have the experience and know the codes to use to get some of the alternative therapies approved, so you might want to consider using them.
Help with Flights to Clinics
There are a couple of organizations that will fly patients who can't afford the airfares, but most have arrangements with conventional hospitals. We found one that will also fly to alternative hospitals. Contact The Air Care Alliance for details.