Cancer Advocacy Project

Cancer Advocacy Project

To get help, call 212.382.4785.

Overview

When faced with a cancer diagnosis, many individuals find themselves tackling not only emotional and physical distress, but also the soaring price of basic medical care and the daunting maze of the U.S. health care system. The Cancer Advocacy Project of the City Bar Justice Center was established to address this need. We assist cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and support staff in three main areas:

  1. Drafting no-cost life-planning documents (wills, healthcare proxies, living wills and powers of attorney) for cancer patients and survivors,
  2. Challenging unjust health insurance decisions and
  3. Advice on cancer-related employment discrimination.

In addition, we provide clients with access to information and assistance through on-site community presentations for support groups, medical and social work staff and community organizations on issues related to life-planning choices, workplace rights, health insurance problems, and options for dealing with medical debt.

Resources

Financial and Medical Resources Guide for Cancer Patients and Survivors (English) (Spanish)

This user-friendly guide identifies potential sources of financial and medical assistance, including foundations, charities, cancer-related organizations and pharmaceutical companies that provide free or subsidized medications.

A Simple Guide to Advance Directives and Estate Planning (English) (Spanish)

A Guide to Funeral and Burial Options in New York (English) (Spanish)

A Guide to Medical Debt: Your Rights and Options (English) (Spanish)

A Guide to Social Security Disability Benefits for Cancer Patients

Employment Rights for Cancer Patients (English)

Employment Rights for Cancer Patients (Spanish)

Medical Insurance for Cancer Patients

Wills for Cancer Patients (Spanish)

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Upcoming events
  • NELP – Legal Clinic

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in the law offices of AIG, located at 175 Water St, New York, NY 10038. By subway, this location is accessible via the 2/3 to Wall St or the J/Z/A/C/4/5 to Fulton St. If you are interested in attending this legal clinic, please click here to fill out our Google form.

  • NELP – Legal Clinic

    Wednesday, December 6, 2017 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in Upper Manhattan at the NYC Business Solutions Center, located at 361 West 125th St, New York, NY 10027. By subway, this location is accessible via the A/B/C/D to the 125th St station. To register for an appointment, please contact NELP at (212) 382-6633.