Every year, nearly 30,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed and 9,100 people die from cancer in Minnesota. There are over 275,000 cancer survivors living in Minnesota.
The financial toll cancer takes on these families is daunting.
In light of the following statistics, it is easy to understand how many Minnesotans are unable to afford to pay for a lawyer's help for the legal issues that arise because of their diagnosis and threaten the well-being and peace of mind.
- Cancer patients on average are about 2.5 times more likely to declare bankruptcy as those without cancer.
- Cancer patients who declare bankruptcy are nearly 80% more likely to die than those who do not.
- 30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer who are working at the time they were diagnosed are no longer working four years later.
- 62% of personal bankruptcies filed are due in part to a significant piece of medical debt. Of these, 78% had health insurance.
- After a cancer diagnosis, the probability of a patient being employed drops by almost 10%
- 14% of Minnesotans are insured by high deductible insurance plans—nearly twice the national average. Even with the “good” health insurance afforded by these plans, if someone is diagnosed late in the year they must meet an annual deductible of up to $13,100 twice in a very short period of time (before December 31 and then again on January 1). This very real financial cost on top of employment loss/unpaid leave, results in financial devastation for many, many working and middle-class families.
Behind each one of these numbers is a person or a family in crisis:
- Where to turn when insurance coverage for a medical procedure is denied?
- What to do when you have used up all of your FMLA leave but you are still not well enough to return to work?
- How to file an appeal for a Social Security Disability denial and how to survive financially when the wait for a hearing is over one year?
- How can a mother in hospice care plan and provide for the future care of her minor children?
After receiving legal care, our clients say:
I believe that you saved my job. HR told me I would not be able to be out longer. I did exactly as you said. My employer reviewed my form and granted me additional leave under the ADA. Thank you so much.
This has been a blessing. No one else could explain it to me. You have finally explained it to me in a way I can understand.
- You have been SO MUCH help! I have been stewing about all of this and didn't know what to do.
- You have been very helpful. This process is extremely overwhelming. I have never lived day to day until now. I wish I had called you a long time ago.
Thanks to Cancer Legal Care's generous donors, we are able to provide the legal care and information so many need.