Healthy Survivors make wise choices in all spheres of life. This includes the legal side of things. What do you do if your insurer declines your legitimate claims? If your employer demotes or fires you without cause? What about estate planning?
Having seen people survive their cancer, only to lose their job and/or home in the process, my ears perked up when I learned about The Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC), a joint program of the Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.
According to their website, CLRC "is a national, nonprofit organization that provides information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to people coping with cancer...The CLRC is the only national effort aimed at specifically asserting the legal rights for persons with all types of cancer. There also are growing efforts by groups associated with particular forms of cancer."
"The CLRC has a national, toll-free Telephone Assistance Line (866-THE-CLRC) where callers can receive free and confidential information about relevant laws and resources for their particular situation. Members of the CLRC's Professional Panel of attorneys, insurance agents, and accountants can provide more in-depth information and counsel to CLRC callers."
You can access CLRC educational materials and information on seminars on national and state topics such as health and disability insurance, finances, estate planning, employment, navigating managed care, and more by clicking here.
CLRC also offers a free manual for doctors, nurses, social workers, psychosocial care providers, and patient navigators on the various legal questions and issues often relayed by patients coping with cancer.
Thank you, CLRC, for helping cancer patients become Healthy Survivors.