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Legal, Insurance and Paperwork Assistance

Legal, Insurance, and Paperwork Assistance Program

Many cancer patients and their loved ones are overwhelmed by the complex legal and insurance issues assocated with the treatment and survival process. They also need better tools for managing the huge volume of medical and insurance paperwork associated with a cancer diagnosis.

Cancer Services of New Mexico's free Legal, Insurance, & Paperwork Assistance (LIPA) Program is the only program in New Mexico providing comprehensive assistance with cancer-related legal, insurance, and paperwork issues, and is one of few programs in the U.S. focused on these issues. Services are available at no charge to any New Mexican coping with cancer who needs assistance.

The LIPA program has four major elements:

  • LIPA Clinics - Volunteers with expertise in insurance, medical coverage, disability, legal, financial, and paperwork issues are available for personal consultations in-person or by phone.
  • LIPA Referral Program - We provide referrals to a variety of other groups that assist cancer patients and their loved ones with LIPA-related issues.
  • Cancer Treatment Organizers - This free 13-pocket organizing tool designed by a New Mexican cancer survivor can help you organize all of your cancer-related paperwork.
  • LIPA Website ( - Our LIPA website provides links to a wealth of resources to assist you with legal, insurance, and financial issues, along with other resources for cancer patients and their loved ones.

The LIPA program is provided at no cost to NM's cancer patients/survivors and their family members/loved ones. For more information, please go to our LIPA website,, or contact us.

Cancer Treatment Organizer

This program is made possible by support from:

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