Financial Advocacy

We know that cancer is a health issue. It can also be a financial issue. The link between a cancer diagnosis and financial stress is real. Recent studies have shown that the financial stress caused by cancer can negatively impact a person’s health and their treatment outcomes. The term for this impact is called Financial Toxicity. The articles below describe the negative impacts of financial toxicity.

To help address these issues, the OncoLink Team has a series of webinars to help you make informed decisions about your health insurance options.  The series includes six, free webinars available for you to listen to at your convenience, on demand.

Topics include:

  • Health Insurance Essentials
  • Medicare A and B
  • Medicare Part D
  • Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Medigap Plans
  • The Affordable Care Act

CRC’s Financial Advocacy Program

CRC has a team of financial advocates who are a dedicated group of volunteers to assist clients with financial concerns so that they can focus on healing.  They can help reduce the overwhelm with medical bills, insurance issues, or “lack of insurance” issues. Specific areas they can help with include:

  • Organizing your bills and insurance statement
  • Identifying resources that might help with some medical bills and/or living expenses
  • Appealing denials from insurance companies

To schedule an appointment, call 607-277-0960 or email

Local Resources:

The Health Benefits Representatives for Fidelis in Tompkins County are available to meet with you and process applications via phone for those individuals who are uninsured. Many are suffering from loss of employment as well which potentially makes them Medicaid eligible. The Health Benefits representatives are available to help individuals who are in need immediately for free or low cost insurance. For more information please contact Jaime Siemon (607) 237-2101 or Nicole Argetsinger at (607) 222-5739.


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