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Do You Know Your Healthcare Rights?

by Stephanie Fajuri, Esq

As a cancer survivor, it’s important to know your legal rights so you can advocate for yourself, before legal issues become a problem. Don’t wait until an issue arises to learn your legal rights. Here are the top five most common legal issues faced by cancer survivors, plus tips on how to deal with them.

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What You Need to Know about Making a Claim on Your Health Insurance

When you need to make a claim on your health insurance, it’s important to remember a few things.
♦ Read your policy.
♦ Keep good records.
♦ Submit your claims on time and in the right order.
♦ If a claim is denied, appeal it.
♦ Understand your coverage for experimental therapies and clinical trials.

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On the Job Hunt after Cancer

Explaining away the gap in work history is one of the most common worries of cancer sur­vivors looking for work. But there is some good news for those facing this challenge today. Because of the ongoing sluggishness of the economy, more and more people have substantial gaps in their resumes. Of course, a down job market isn’t easy to negotiate, but those hiring are not as likely to automatically discount you because of a work gap.

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The Legal Side of Cancer

by Laura Riley, Esq

After a diagnosis of cancer, legal issues may be the furthest thing from your mind, and understandably so. You face the obvious medical concerns, accompanied by emotional struggles and practical day-to-day tasks. But intertwined with these are legal issues that may need to be addressed.

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Can’t Work? Where to Turn for Help

by Dennis Liotta, Esq

Figure skating champion and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton once said, “You are going to go through a lot of stuff in your life, and you can look at it as debilitating, or you can look at it as a challenge.” Dealing with cancer arguably will be one of the hardest things you do in your life.

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Cancer and the Law
Do You Know Your Legal Rights?

by Rodney Warner, Esq.

A cancer diagnosis can affect more than just your health. If treatment goes well and you have better than adequate health insurance, a strong support system, sufficient savings, and an understanding employer, you have a good chance of returning to life as you knew it before the diagnosis. But for many people diagnosed with cancer, the crisis can spill over into their employment, marital relationship, and other aspects of daily life.

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Can You Afford Cancer?

by Mark Fesen, MD, FACP

The last thing you need to be concerned about when you’re dealing with cancer is how to pay for treatment. Yet many survivors with little or no insurance have to do just that. This is no time to tell you that you should have made health insurance a higher priority. Instead, let’s explore how you can get the care you need.

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Know Your Legal Rights in the Workplace

by Debra J. Wolf, ESQ

For many people, a cancer diagnosis does not mean they need to stop working. Nonetheless, coordinating a busy work schedule with doctor visits, treatments, or time off when feeling ill can be daunting. Employers can be understanding, but not every worker coping with cancer receives the support he or she may need from the workplace.

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