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Employment Related Information

Job Retention
Job loss is a frequent latent side-effect of chronic illness, as witnessed by thousands of patients who contact us for help daily. Our staff is here to assist you in resolving these matters and help you through the specific processes that must be followed to access employee benefit entitlements and job protection. If all else fails, you can take comfort in knowing that the legal team at PAF is ready to intervene as needed to accomplish resolution.

After being diagnosed with any illness, especially a serious or terminal one, other areas of your life are unfortunately affected as well. When your health does affect your employment, the last thing you expect is to be confronted with harassment or the threat of losing your job, income and health benefits. The following information is provided to assist you with direction in filing a claim of discrimination.

Our guide, "First My Illness, Now Job Discrimination: Steps to Resolution," is an invaluable tool that provides easy to understand consumer strategies to follow to overcome the problem of job issues.

Information for Reservists
As US Reserve troops are mobilized issues pertaining to health care coverage and financial relief become priority for families nationwide. In anticipation of these needs PAF is pleased to share the following information regarding health coverage provisions and financial protections for mobilized reserve troops.

Family Medical Leave Act
Loring Spolter, one of the attorneys in PAF's Legal Network, discusses workplace rights for cancer patients and their family members. (This article can be found in Legal News & Notes.)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Office List
If you are looking for the EEOC Office in your area, this table will help. Also provided is contact information for the National Headquarters should you need assistance in locating the office nearest you.

Job Accomodation Network - JAN's mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, entrepreneurship, and related subjects. JAN's efforts are in support of the employment, including self-employment and small business ownership, of people with disabilities. JAN represents the most comprehensive resource for job accommodations available.

Selection of Important Decisions, Cases Under Review, and Other Significant Developments Concerning EEO & Related Areas
Attorney Kitty Grubb covers important issues pertaining to Equal Employment Opportunity in a report presented to the Office of The General Counsel, U.S. Department of Navy on March 27, 2001. (More information about Kitty Grubb is available in her biography.)

High-Dose Chemotherapy - Ensuring Coverage for Your Client
Arthur Gorov discusses the best and quickest way to assist women with recurring ovarian and breast cancer in obtaining the coverage needed for their prescribed treatment.
Reprinted with permission from the Professional Negligence Law Reporter, copyright of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Cancer and Careers
Cancer and Careers is dedicated to empowering and educating people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events. Through a comprehensive website, free publications, career coaching, and a series of support groups and educational seminars for employees with cancer and their healthcare providers and coworkers, Cancer and Careers strives to eliminate fear and uncertainty for working people with cancer.



SSI/SSDI and Disability Resources



Social Security
www.ssa.gov
Other specific links regarding Social Security:
Disability Benefits
Supplemental Security Income
Check the Status of an Application
Find a Local Office

American Cancer Society: 1-800-227-2345
Offers numerous resources, including printed materials, counseling for patients and their families and information on lodging for people who may require treatment far from home. Contcat your local chapter to find out about resources that may be available in your community. Local ACS office may offer reimbursement for expenses related to cancer treatment including transportation, medicine and medical supplies. Financial assistance is available in some areas.

How to Choose Credit Counseling Agency
The Better Business Bureau® offers guidance on selecting a credit counseling agency.

Hardin Benefits Group, Inc.: 1-800-248-6188
The Hardin Benefits Group is not an insurance company itself, but rather a consulting firm and agency specializing in helping clients whose medical conditions have made it difficult for them to find a life insurer. Call for a free ten-minute consultation.

HeatShare: 1-800-842-7279
Administered by the Salvation Army, HeatShare provides emergency energy assistance on a year-round basis. Funds are used for natural gas, oil, propane, wood, electricity and emergency furnace repairs.

Hill-Burton Program: 1-800-638-0742
A program run by the U.S. Government that can arrange for certain medical facilities or hospitals to provide free or low-cost care. Low income/uninsured persons should inquire about the possibility of free services before entering the hospital, as many have fulfilled or are very close to fulfilling their requirements.

Managed RX: 1-800-799-8765
Accepts most major medical insurance as full payments for medications. If your prescription benefit pays a minimum of 70%, Managed RX will accept that as full pay and waive your co-pay. Medications are shipped for free. Call for application.

Medical Information Resources: 1-888-203-6062
Provides tips and resources for medical fundraising.

Medicare: 1-800-Medicare or 1-800-633-4227
www.medicare.gov
Federal health insurance program for those who receive Social Security Benefits. Eligible individuals include those who are 65 and/or individuals deemed disabled and have received Social Security payments for 24 months. To receive information on eligibility, explanation of coverage and to enroll, call the Social Security Administration.

National Association for the Terminally Ill: 1-888-847-0390
Assists individuals with terminal diseases with financial aid.

National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, Inc.: 1-800-542-9730
www.nahhh.org
Provides information on free or low-cost temporary lodging to families or patients who are undergoing treatment away from home.

Needy Meds: www.needymeds.com
Informational website that has up-to-date contact and instructions about various pharmaceutical manufacturers' drug assistance programs.

www.patienttravel.org: 1-800-296-1217
Provides information about all forms of charitable, long distance medical transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help to patients who cannot afford travel for medical care.

Salvation Army National Headquarters: 1-800-378-7272
Provides assistance on a case-by-case basis.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: 1-877-696-6775
United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The office of the Inspector General U> S. Government Hotline is for individuals to call for complaints regarding Medicare or Medicaid, as well as providing assistance with entitlements, benefits, insurance and resources.

Utility Assistance (LIHEAP): 1-202-783-5594
Assist eligible low-income households in meeting the heating or cooling portion of their residential energy needs. LIHEAP dollars are distributed by local community action agencies, usually at the county level. The Salvation Army processes applications in many states. To find the number of your community action agency, call your state's energy assistance director.

Veterans' Administration: 1-877-222-VETS
www.va.gov
Provides a broad spectrum of medical, surgical and rehabilitative care to its qualified veterans and their dependents. Treatment for service is based on the veteran's financial need.



DISCLAIMER
This service is provided for informational purposes only and is not designed to give individual legal advice. If you have a legal problem, please contact an attorney.