Breast Cancer: Financial Assistance Resources
Many women seek help paying for their breast cancer treatment — we’ve collected some resources that can help
The financial challenge of having breast cancer in this country is one that is often overlooked but that many women face, whether or not they have health insurance. There are financial assistance programs available for breast cancer patients, but they can be hard to find and, fair warning, sometimes require a lot of time and diligence to receive the benefits.
But if you and your supporters make the effort, there are charities and organizations willing to help. We have gathered a list of some resources here.
Financial Resources for Cancer Patients with and without Insurance
CancerCare.org has a large, searchable database of financial help organizations. Users enter their type of diagnosis and zip code: http://www.cancercare.org/helpinghand
CancerCare.org also lists resources from government assistance to non-profits who help pay co-payments, to prescription assistance: https://www.cancercare.org/publications/62-sources_of_financial_assistance
For most of these organizations, there are qualification requirements as well as an application process.
The Pink Fund
Provides short-term financial aid to patients who are in treatment for breast cancer. The aid covers both medical and non-medical related expenses, including health insurance premiums, prescriptions, house or rent payments, car insurance payments, and utility payments. Applicants must be employed, in active treatment and experiencing a loss or reduction in income as a result. Payments are made directly to creditors.
Catherine. H. Tuck Foundation
“Catherine Fund” Grant Program is designed to assist women who are unable to continue working throughout their breast cancer treatment. We make payments for non-medical expenses like; rent, utilities, transportation for treatment, and food.
Triple Step Toward the Cure
Seeks to promote awareness and education for the diagnosis, treatment, and cure of triple negative breast cancer and to provide support, both emotional and financial, to affected individuals and their families. They offer assistance with: meal delivery, emergency funds for rent, groceries, and utilities, transportation related to treatment, housekeeping services, childcare, selected co-pay assistance, prosthetics and wigs.
Breast Cancer Financial Assistance with Prescriptions
Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free.
NeedyMeds is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit information resource dedicated to helping people locate assistance programs to help them afford their medications and other healthcare costs.
Assistance with Co-Pays, Deductibles and Other Medical Bills
CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation
Sisters Network® Inc. – A National African American Breast Cancer Survivorship Organization http://www.sistersnetworkinc.org/
African-American breast cancer survivorship organization. Promotes the importance of breast health through empowerment, support, breast education programs, resources, information and research. Provides financial assistance for mammograms, co-pay, office visits, prescriptions, medical-related lodging and prostheses.
Local Organizations for Breast Cancer Financial Help
CA – Orange County, San Bernardino or Riverside County
The mission of Breast Cancer Solutions is to provide breast cancer patients with direct assistance, community referrals and compassionate support. Financial assistance is available to eligible individuals living in Orange, San Bernardino or Riverside County. https://breastcancersolutions.org/bcs
GA – Metro Atlanta
Provides financial assistance to adult cancer patients living or receiving treatment in the 17-county area surrounding Atlanta (17 Metro Atlanta counties including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Newton, Paulding, Rockdale and Walton) who are financially challenged by a cancer diagnosis. Provides assistance to any financially-eligible adult cancer patient who is currently receiving treatment or has had treatment within the preceding 12-months.
Washington DC / Philadelphia, PA
Through a corporate partnership, Tigerlily Foundation offers one-time limited financial assistance in the amount of $225 to approved applicants. Applicants must reside in the Washington, D.C. metro area or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to qualify. Please email us at [email protected] for more information.