Helpful Information and Statistics

General Information and Assistance

Affordable Care Act (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) 
Find information on choosing a health insurance plan and the Affordable Care Act.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Find detailed information on Medicare and other health insurance programs for people over 50. 
888-OUR-AARP (888-687-2277)

American Cancer Society – Understanding Financial and Legal Matters 
Find information on financial topics. 
800-ACS-2345 (800-227-2345)

Find information on Medicare health insurance programs for people 65 and older, including prescription drug plans.

Find information on Medicaid health insurance programs for people with low income and your state's Medicaid toll-free hotline.

National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Find your state's insurance commissioner.

National Cancer Legal Services Network 
Find a directory of organizations that offer free legal help for people diagnosed with cancer and their families.

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship 
Find the booklets “Understanding Your Health Insurance” and "Your Employment Rights." 
877-NCCS-YES (877-622-7937)

Patient Advocate Foundation 
Offers financial assistance information and legal and advocacy help if an insurance claim is denied. 

Patient Advocate Foundation - National Underinsured Resource Directory 
Find local, state and national resources for people who have insurance but struggle to pay out-of-pocket costs of care. 

Lodging Assistance

American Cancer Society – Hope Lodge and hotel lodging 
Offers lodging for families during cancer treatment. 
800-ACS-2345 (800-227-2345)

Joe's House 
Find an online directory of free and discounted lodging for cancer patients and their families. 

Federal Poverty Level 

A measure of income issued every year by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Federal poverty levels are used to determine your eligibility for certain programs and benefits, including savings on Marketplace health insurance, and Medicaid and CHIP coverage.

The 2018 federal poverty level (FPL) income numbers below are used to calculate eligibility for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 2017 numbers are slightly lower, and are used to calculate savings on Marketplace insurance plans for 2018.

  • $12,140 for individuals

  • $16,460 for a family of 2

  • $20,780 for a family of 3

  • $25,100 for a family of 4

  • $29,420 for a family of 5

  • $33,740 for a family of 6

  • $38,060 for a family of 7

  • $42,380 for a family of 8