Helping patients in need receive the treatment they need
Paying for essential medical care is a significant problem even for people who have health insurance. While many programs exist to assist people who are uninsured, the rising costs of healthcare, deductibles, premiums and co-insurance prevent many insured people from being able to afford the essential care they need.
This is where the Macaluso Compassionate Care Foundation (MCCF) steps in. Our mission is to provide financial assistance to insured patients who would otherwise not be able to afford treatment for a life-threatening, rare or chronic condition. By making it easy for them to apply for assistance and by relieving the financial burden of costly treatment, MCCF allows patients (and their caregivers) to focus on improving their condition and quality of life.
Filling a dire need
MCCF is an independent 501(c)(3) organization that partners with generous donors, healthcare providers and pharmacies to help pay for FDA-approved medicines when federal or commercial insurance benefits do not fully cover the costs. We are oriented to those who need treatment the most to survive a life-threatening or life-changing disease, but whose insurance benefits are insufficient. MCCF is grateful for the generosity of our benefactors, who make it possible for us to assist patients with various diverse diseases.
Driven by compassion for those who are financially unable to pay for life’s essentials, Joseph Macaluso Sr. has over 45 years of charitable experience helping children, families and patients stabilize their lives.
Recognized in 2013 as Philanthropist of the Year by Sussex County, Mr. Macaluso has served on the boards of several prominent nonprofits—contributing to Sussex County YMCAs, the Pope John Endowment, and Samaritan Inn. As President for a nonprofit for the homeless in Sussex County, NJ, Macaluso was instrumental in raising funds to acquire five family buildings in Newton, NJ, providing shelter to homeless families in need.
After being diagnosed with a life-altering condition in 2010, son Jay Macaluso required ongoing medical treatments. During his constant visits to infusion centers, Jay saw firsthand how many patients could not pay the high cost of their co-pays and deductibles—and how they were denied necessary care if they couldn’t afford it. When Jay witnessed a man being refused treatment for stage-four lung cancer because he was unable to pay, Jay stepped forward with his credit card and paid for the gentleman’s treatment that day. Jay decided that he needed to do something about the financial troubles patients face when they cannot afford the healthcare they need—and deserve. Recognizing that he alone could not help enough patients, the idea for the MCCF was born.