If you’ve ever been in the hospital for any reason, you know how quickly it gets expensive. The same goes for cancer treatment. A patient might find that just diagnosing a disease like mesothelioma can run into the thousands. Unlike many other cancers, mesothelioma is not naturally occurring. This further complicates paying for it because some insurance companies view it as someone else’s problem.

Many of the companies that knowingly exposed workers to asbestos, the chemical that causes mesothelioma, are now bankrupt and cannot make things right. Fortunately, after various class actions and other interventions, asbestos trust funds were set up to help provide for those in need.

Mesothelioma and Asbestos Trust Funds

Like other types of cancer caused by exposure to chemicals, these trust funds started as companies began declaring chapter 11 bankruptcy. The trusts provide money for future claims even after the company is gone.

These trusts were set up in a landmark decision in 2005. The original proposal, S. 852, the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act of 2005, was originally put forth by Douglas Holtz-Eakin. This act provided estimates for the continuing treatment and care of any person suffering from mesothelioma.

Unfortunately, most of the time, you will need a lawyer specializing in mesothelioma lawsuits to access these funds. This takes time that you might not have. Although it eventually awards your family, you might not receive a direct benefit, especially if your condition is advanced.

Other Payment Options for Asbestos-Related Treatment

While you are working with a lawyer, there are other funds that you might be able to access. The United States Government has a variety of programs, including disability and Medicaid, that will help you with your medical bills and treatment.

You might also be able to receive money from local resources in your area. The American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition all help cancer patients pay for necessary treatment. Of course, if you receive a government trust settlement, you may have to pay back some of the money from the trust fund.

Accessing Funds for Treatment

You will need to provide proof of income and diagnosis to qualify for any program offered in most cases. This means saving receipts, getting your medical records, and documenting everything that has to do with your asbestos-related treatment. When in doubt, provide as much information as you can.

A diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease, particularly mesothelioma, can be devastating, and the bills will quickly pile-up. Fortunately, there are trusts and other programs established to help you in your time of need.