Other Resources

The following is a list of resources compiled as of March 2015.  It will be updated intermittently.

 

How Can I Pay For Cancer Treatment with No Insurance? 

http://www.caring.com/questions/cancer-treatment-with-no-insurance

 

Arizona Breast Cancer Resource Guide

http://www.azbreastcancer.org/financial-assistance.htm

The Arizona Breast Cancer (ABC) Resource Guide provides quality and comprehensive resources to empower, encourage, and educate patients and co-survivors through the journey of breast cancer by giving choices where and when it matters most.  This website lists over 100 different financial resources, many of which are available across the country.

 

Call your local hospital and ask to speak to a social worker or patient advocate

Ask for information about any “charity care” or “indigent care” programs. Hospital social workers are usually the most knowledgeable about sources of support in your community.

 

National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service

http://www.cancer.gov/

They can direct you to local programs as well. For more information, go to www.cancer.gov or call (800)-422-6237.

 

Social Security Disability Benefits 

http://www.ssa.gov/applyfordisability/

 

CancerCare

www.cancercare.org

(800) 813-HOPE

CancerCare is a national nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. CancerCare programs-including counseling and support groups, education, financial assistance and practical help-are provided by professional oncology social workers and are completely free of charge. Founded in 1944, CancerCare provided individual help to more than 100,000 people last year, in addition to the more than 1 million unique visitors to our websites.

 

Cancer Legal Resource Center

www.CancerLegalResourceCenter.org

(866) THE-CLRC

The Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) provides free information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to cancer survivors, caregivers, health care professionals, employers, and other coping with cancer. The CLRC has a national, toll-free Telephone Assistance Line (866-THE-CLRC) where callers can receive free and confidential information about relevant laws and resources for their particular situation. Members of the CLRC’s Professional Panel of attorneys, insurance agents, and accountants can provide more in-depth information and counsel to CLRC callers. CLRC staff members also provide seminars and attend outreach events in the cancer community, across the nation, including trailings for health care professionals.

 

The Pink Fund

www.thepinkfund.org

Provides financial aid to women and men afflicted with breast cancer

 

Patient Advocate Foundation 

http://www.patientadvocate.org/

The Process is Simple. Patient Advocate Foundation’s Patient Services provides patients with arbitration, mediation and negotiation to settle issues with access to care, medical debt, and job retention related to their illness.

 

Breast Cancer Network of Strength

www.networkofstrength.org

(800) 221-2141

Breast Cancer Network of Strength® provides immediate emotional relief to anyone affected by breast cancer through the YourShoes® breast cancer support center, which includes the country’s only 24/7 toll-free breast cancer hotline staffed exclusively by breast cancer survivors. Peer counselors can be e-mailed or phoned with interpreters available in more than 150 languages.

 

Pharmaceutical Companies

For any of your oral medications (that you should be on but aren’t because of cost), please check the prescription bottle and look for the name of the pharma manufacturer of the drug you’re taking. Then go online to the pharma manufacturer’s website, type in the product name and see if they have a patient assistance program or loyalty program that will help pay for the Rx.

 

HealthCare.gov

http://finder.healthcare.gov/

This took will help you find the health insurance best suited to your needs, whether it’s private insurance for inviduals, families, and small businesses, or public programs that may work for you.  It was created to help consumers under the health insurance reform law, the Affordable Care Act.

http://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/index.html

Whether you’re uninsured, or just want to explore new options, the Marketplace will give you more choice and control over your health insurance options.

 

Department of Economic Security Assistance

If you are caring for a grandchild, your state’s Department of Economic Security may be able to help.   For Arizona, https://www.azdes.gov/landing.aspx?id=7377

 

Komen National Treatment Assistance Fund

http://ww5.komen.org/treatment-assistance.html

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure® National Treatment Assistance Fund bridges the gap for underserved individuals who are actively undergoing breast cancer treatment.

 

Breast Cancer Freebies

http://breastcancerfreebies.com/

 

Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan

https://www.pcip.gov/

 

State Health Care Programs (like Medicaid)

In Arizona, http://www.azahcccs.gov/

 

State Department of Health Services Programs for screening and diagnosis http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/index.htm

 

Hill-Burton Hospital Program

Hospitals that receive construction funds from the federal government must provide some services to cancer patients who can’t afford to pay for their care. Approximately 300 hospitals take part in this program. Call (800) 638-0742 to find the closest participating hospital.

 

Tiffany Foundation

http://www.thetiffanyfoundation.org/

We truly believe and work towards “providing hope to women afflicted with breast cancer”.

 

Tammy D Foundation

http://tammydfoundation.org/

The goal of this non-profit organization is to provide support to women diagnosed with breast cancer. Our organization will provide female cancer patients with services to assist with daily activities. Our program will also provide guidance in finding resources that aid in educating and comforting these women and their families while they battle breast cancer.

 

Pink Ribbon Riders

http://www.pinkribbonriders.com/wp/

The Pink Ribbon Riders Patient Assistance Program provides direct financial assistance to men and women breast cancer patients. Program is open to patients in; MI, MN, ND, NY, WI, CO, WY

 

Salvation Army Financial Assistance Programs and Resources

http://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/salvation_army_financial_assis.html

When a family faces a hardship, the Salvation Army may be able to offer financial assistance for helping with your basic needs. The goal is to provide short term support, while helping individuals work towards long term self-sufficiency. While the amount and type of aid will vary by town, state and Salvation Army center, some of the assistance provided to low income families includes free food, rental assistance, clothing, funds for paying utility and heating bills, and seasonal programs. Resources are always limited, and eligibility requirements need to be met

 

Arizona Assistance in Healthcare

http://www.arizonaassistanceinhealthcare.com/apply/

Patients currently undergoing cancer treatment in the Phoenix metro area can complete an application and a written form requesting assistance and it will be presented monthly to the board of directors for approval.

 

The Breast Cancer Society Inc. – Hope Supply Program

http://www.breastcancersociety.org/programs/hopesupplyprogram/

As a nonprofit organization, TBCS has partnered with retailers and manufacturers and are currently receiving their clearance and overstock items as donations. At present, TBCS has three Hope Supply Programs in operation to assist patients and their families. All donated items are available to breast cancer patients free of charge.

Just a Few of Our Available Items:

Prosthetic Breast Inserts, Post-mastectomy Bras, Wigs, Bedding, Hygiene Products, Clothing, Household Products, Family Needs and MUCH MORE….

Just A Few of Our Generous Partners

  • Bed Bath and Beyond
  • William Sonoma
  • West Elm
  • Avon
  • Estee Lauder
  • Buy Buy Baby
  • Disney
  • Guess

Hope Supply Program Locations

  • Western Region Facility Arizona, 6859 E. Rembrandt Ave. Ste 128, Mesa, AZ 85212/office 480.284.4014 fax 480.659.9807
  • Eastern Region Facility Pennsylvania, 934 Miller Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073/office 610.356.PINK (7465) fax 610.356.3333
  • South Central Region Facility Arkansas, 902 SW 2nd St Suite F, Bentonville, AR 72712/office 479.268.6300 fax  479.268.6644

 

Free or Low-Cost Mammogram or Treatment

 http://www.komenphoenix.org/understanding-breast-cancer/about-breast-cancer/ (as of 4/21/2013)

NOTE:  Arizona resources are shown, but Komen has similar information online for all states!

While Komen Central and Northern Arizona (Komen CAN AZ) is not a direct service provider of mammograms or breast cancer treatment, we are committed to providing our community with access to these vital resources.  Well Woman HealthCheck Program  Arizona’s Well Woman HealthCheck Program, a state-wide program that provides free cancer screening to those that qualify, is the first contact for women with no health insurance and no diagnosis of breast cancer. The program is operated by the Arizona Department of Health Services through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Women on the program may receive a Clinical Breast Exam, Mammogram, Pelvic Exam and Pap Test. To qualify, call:  In Maricopa County – 602-506-3000  Outside Maricopa County – 1-888-257-8502

Komen Community GrantsWomen who do not qualify for the Well Woman HealthCheck Program may be eligible for screening or treatment through one of Komen CAN Arizona’s community grant recipients. Please contact the following organizations directly to determine eligibility.

 

SCREENING PROGRAMS

Breast Health for Life: Ensuring Low-Income Uninsured Patients Access to Screening  Mountain Park Health Center’s BREAST HEALTH FOR LIFE program will use Komen Central and Northern Arizona grant funds to provide 450 screening mammograms, 100 diagnostic mammograms and 100 breast ultrasounds to uninsured, low-income patients.  A fulltime, bilingual Breast Cancer Screening Patient Navigator will assist patients throughout the breast cancer screening process and link patients in need of advanced diagnostics with timely, affordable care.  ADMINISTERED BY:  Mountain Park Health Center  CONTACT: Jessica Padilla (602) 323-3418  COUNTIES SERVED: Maricopa

Breast Health Screening for North Phoenix’s Uninsured and Underinsured  Desert Mission serves low-income populations, primarily in North Phoenix, with high quality primary health care. With support from the Komen Central and Northern Arizona for the Cure, Desert Mission will educate more than 500 women on breast self-awareness, refer 160 women for screening mammograms, and help 20 women receive diagnostic procedures when necessary. Transportation assistance in the form of bus passes is available to those in need.  ADMINISTERED BY: Desert Mission- John C. Lincoln  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Erika Manza, (602) 331-5792 Option 1  COUNTIES SERVED: Maricopa

Breast Screening and Diagnostic Services  The Community Health Center of Yavapai (CHCY) is the major health care provider in Yavapai County for low-income, uninsured, and underserved individuals, especially in the Hispanic community. Purpose of the Program:  To increase access to direct care by removing the cost barrier for breast cancer screening/diagnosis when no other funding source is available, and promote continuum of care by providing ongoing primary care services. Key Activities: Provide, free of charge: 200 screening mammograms, 100 diagnostic tests (diagnostic mammograms/ultrasounds), up to 6 ultrasound guided needle biopsies and 104 hours of Patient Navigator services in English and Spanish.  If diagnosed, the patient receives assistance to secure treatment including applying for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP).  ADMINISTERED BY: Yavapai County Community Health Services  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Community Health Center, Appt Desk (928) 583-1000 COUNTIES SERVED: Yavapai

CGRMC Foundation Screening and Diagnostic Mammography ProgramThe CGRMC Foundation Screening and Diagnostic Mammography Program will provide screening mammograms for 150 medically underserved women who are uninsured or underinsured, ages 40 and older, living in Pinal County. The target populations will include Hispanic, African American and White women lacking in these financial resources. The program also includes screening or diagnostic mammograms for women under the age of 40 or men who are identified by a physician as medically at risk due to family history or medical concerns.  ADMINISTERED BY: Casa Grande Regional Medical Center Foundation  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Rebecca Fleuret (520) 381-6744 COUNTIES SERVED: Pinal

Gila River Indian Community Screening and Diagnostic Mammography  In order to combat barriers associated with screening of Native American women, who are uninsured and insured; Gila River Health Care has committed resources to providing a Breast Cancer Continuum of Care Model through the Care Coordination Cancer Awareness Advocacy Navigation (“CAAN”) Program in partnership with the Radiology Department who will administer the SGK for the Cure ® Screening and Diagnostic Program. The goals of the project are to identify, contact and screen 110 Native American women who are either underinsured or uninsured that don’t qualify for either AHCCS or WWHP, as well as provide 30 diagnostic mammograms and 30 breast ultrasounds and increase awareness among Native American women of BSA and shift the focus from solely BSE.  ADMINISTERED BY: Gila River Health Care  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Rachel Enos (520) 550-6280   COUNTIES SERVED: Maricopa, Pinal

Golden Gate Community Center- Fighting Breast Cancer Together  Golden Gate Community Center will provide free screening mammograms to women from West central Phoenix neighborhoods. Women living in this area are predominantly uninsured, Hispanic, and low-income. The purpose of the program is to increase screening rates and breast health education among this underserved population.  Over the course of the grant year we propose the following objectives: Objective 1: Provide screening mammograms to 200 medically underserved women during project year through 5 screening and health events held at Golden Gate Community Center; Objective 2: Provide case management and referral for follow-up services to a medical provider for 100% of the women who receive abnormal mammogram results during the project year; Objective 3: Provide educational information through breast health talks and community outreach to 500 community women.  ADMINISTERED BY: Arizona’s Children Association- Golden Gate Community Center  CONTACT: Linda Luft (602) 233-0017   COUNTIES SERVED: Maricopa

La Sagrada Health Fair  La Sagrada Health Fair is designed to provide 80 mammograms and additional health services to the residents of a small neighborhood located in North Phoenix  Over 92% of the families in this neighborhood live below the poverty level. This one-day health fair will bring services to the families that are unable to obtain otherwise due to being under-insured or uninsured. The health fair, includes providers who are willing do health screenings, that include blood sugar checks, cholesterol checks, vision and hearing checks, BP checks, and BMI counseling.  ADMINISTERED BY: La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Rita Block at (480) 948-1234 ext. 1110  COUNTIES SERVED: Maricopa

Screening and Advanced Diagnostics  Maricopa Health Foundation and Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS), Maricopa County’s only public hospital and healthcare system, will partner with District Medical Group, and the Well Woman Healthcheck Program to leverage funds to provide screening mammography and advanced diagnostics to the medically underserved (Hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans, refugees, the low-income, the undocumented and the uninsured) in Maricopa County. Key activities will provide 150 screening mammography’s and 76 advanced diagnostic services to women who are ethnically diverse and low-income.  ADMINISTERED BY: Maricopa Health Foundation  CONTACT: Anne Beliveau (602) 344-1408  COUNTIES SERVED: Maricopa

Screening and Diagnostics at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center  St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s (SJHMC) screening project aims to save lives by providing screening mammograms to detect breast cancer.  Through this program, SJHMC aims to screen 300 uninsured and underinsured women living in Maricopa County, as well as provide all necessary follow-up diagnostic and biopsy services. A bilingual patient navigator will guide patients through the system to ensure continuity of care. The program will be evaluated based on number of patients who utilize free screening mammography services who otherwise would not have been able to afford a mammogram and who do not otherwise qualify for assistance or programs. ADMINISTERED BY: St. Joseph’s Foundation  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Breast Evaluation Center (602) 406-6700  COUNTIES SERVED: Maricopa

 

TREATMENT PROGRAMS 

Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP) for Breast and Cervical Cancer TREATMENT• Be diagnosed as having breast cancer, cervical cancer, or pre-cancerous cervical lesions• Be under age 65• Provide a verifiable Social Security Number • Be a resident of Arizona• Be a U.S. Citizen or a non-citizen qualified to receive Medicaid• Meet the financial eligibility requirements for the WWHP• Be uninsured or have insurance that does not cover the treatment of breast and/or cervical cancer. You may also qualify if you are insured but your insurance excludes cancer treatment as a pre-existing condition, OR• You have exhausted the lifetime limit for all benefits under your insurance plan including breast or cervical cancer treatment • You must not be eligible for AHCCCS Health Insurance under any other Medicaid group ◦If you are eligible for AHCCCS Health Insurance under another group, you must be approved under that program.

Women who do not qualify for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP) may be eligible treatment through one of Komen Phoenix’s community grant recipients. Please contact the following organizations directly to determine eligibility.

Breast Cancer Treatment at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center  St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s (SJHMC) treatment project aims to save lives by providing treatment for breast cancer. Through this program, SJHMC expects to treat approximately six uninsured and underinsured women living in Maricopa County, as well as provide all necessary follow-up care for years ahead. A bilingual patient navigator will guide patients through the system to ensure continuity of care. The program will be evaluated based on number of patients who utilize treatment services who otherwise would not have been able to afford care and who do not otherwise qualify for assistance or programs.  ADMINISTERED BY: St. Joseph’s Foundation  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Breast Evaluation Center (602) 406-6700  COUNTIES SERVED: Maricopa

Breast Cancer Treatment for Low-Income Women  Maricopa Health Foundation and Maricopa Integrated Health System, Maricopa County’s only public hospital and healthcare system, will partner with District Medical Group, and Integrated Medical Services (IMS) to leverage funds to provide breast cancer treatment to the medically underserved (Hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans, refugees, the low-income, the undocumented and the uninsured) in Maricopa County. Key activities will provide 22 women with surgical procedures (i.e., lumpectomy, mastectomy) and 21 women with radiation treatment.  ADMINISTERED BY: Maricopa Health Foundation  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Anne Beliveau (602) 344-1408  COUNTIES SERVED: Maricopa

Therapy Services/Breast Cancer Management  This grant will help fill unmet needs by providing comprehensive lymphedema, management and massage therapy to people without the means to pay fully for treatment.  Many of our patients live far away from our clinics and do not have the funds to pay for fuel.  They may need to stay overnight.  The travel and lodging funds will help those patients attend treatment sessions. Evaluation will be of numbers served. We anticipate that 40 people will need lymphedema treatment assistance, 75 breast cancer patients will benefit from funds for massage therapy, and 18 people living in remote areas, will need help with expenses and lodging.  ADMINISTERED BY: Flagstaff Medical Center  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Lori Pearlmutter (928) 214-3519  COUNTIES SERVED: Apache, Coconino, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai

Patient Care Cost Assistance“The Patient Care Cost Assistance Project” of Northern Arizona, funded by Komen Central and Northern Arizona, provides financial assistance for breast cancer diagnoses and treatment. This project provides a safety net for underserved populations in Coconino, Navajo, Mohave, Yavapai and Apache Counties including Hispanic, Native American, uninsured and under-insured individuals. This program successfully linked women to timely, affordable care and established a treatment network of providers accepting reduced rates.  This project provides direct assistance to 90+ women and enables continued outreach to the undocumented population, resulting in 300+ mammograms annually.  ADMINISTERED BY: North Country HealthCare  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Misha Luther (928) 213-6145  COUNTIES SERVED: Apache, Coconino, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai

 

 

Current Grant Recipients

The following breast health and breast cancer programs have been selected by our independent Grant Review Panel as those that will have the greatest impact in serving uninsured or underinsured women and men in our service area. Please note that Susan G. Komen is not a direct service provider.

List of Current Community Grant Recipients

SCREENING AND DIAGNOSTIC PROJECTS  Providing access to mammograms and diagnostic testing.

Breast Health for Life: Ensuring Low-Income Uninsured Patients Access to ScreeningMountain Park Health Center’s BREAST HEALTH FOR LIFE program will use Komen Central and Northern Arizona grant funds to provide 450 screening mammograms, 100 diagnostic mammograms and 100 breast ultrasounds to uninsured, low-income patients.  A fulltime, bilingual Breast Cancer Screening Patient Navigator will assist patients throughout the breast cancer screening process and link patients in need of advanced diagnostics with timely, affordable care.  ADMINISTERED BY: Mountain Park Health Center  CONTACT: Jessica Padilla (602) 323-3418  COUNTIES SERVED: Maricopa

Breast Health Screening for North Phoenix’s Uninsured and Underinsured  Desert Mission serves low-income populations, primarily in North Phoenix, with high quality primary health care. With support from the Komen Central and Northern Arizona for the Cure, Desert Mission will educate more than 500 women on breast self-awareness, refer 160 women for screening mammograms, and help 20 women receive diagnostic procedures when necessary. Transportation assistance in the form of bus passes is available to those in need.  ADMINISTERED BY: Desert Mission- John C. Lincoln  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Erika Manza, (602) 331-5792 Option 1  COUNTIES SERVED: Maricopa

Breast Screening and Diagnostic Services  The Community Health Center of Yavapai (CHCY) is the major health care provider in Yavapai County for low-income, uninsured, and underserved individuals, especially in the Hispanic community. Purpose of the Program:  To increase access to direct care by removing the cost barrier for breast cancer screening/diagnosis when no other funding source is available, and promote continuum of care by providing ongoing primary care services. Key Activities: Provide, free of charge: 200 screening mammograms, 100 diagnostic tests (diagnostic mammograms/ultrasounds), up to 6 ultrasound guided needle biopsies and 104 hours of Patient Navigator services in English and Spanish.  If diagnosed, the patient receives assistance to secure treatment including applying for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP).  ADMINISTERED BY: Yavapai County Community Health Services  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Community Health Center, Appt Desk (928) 583-1000  COUNTIES SERVED: Yavapai

CGRMC Foundation Screening and Diagnostic Mammography Program  The CGRMC Foundation Screening and Diagnostic Mammography Program will provide screening mammograms for 150 medically underserved women who are uninsured or underinsured, ages 40 and older, living in Pinal County. The target populations will include Hispanic, African American and White women lacking in these financial resources. The program also includes screening or diagnostic mammograms for women under the age of 40 or men who are identified by a physician as medically at risk due to family history or medical concerns.  ADMINISTERED BY: Casa Grande Regional Medical Center Foundation  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Rebecca Fleuret (520) 381-6744  COUNTIES SERVED: Pinal

Gila River Indian Community Screening and Diagnostic Mammography  In order to combat barriers associated with screening of Native American women, who are uninsured and insured; Gila River Health Care has committed resources to providing a Breast Cancer Continuum of Care Model through the Care Coordination Cancer Awareness Advocacy Navigation (“CAAN”) Program in partnership with the Radiology Department who will administer the SGK for the Cure ® Screening and Diagnostic Program. The goals of the project are to identify, contact and screen 110 Native American women who are either underinsured or uninsured that don’t qualify for either AHCCS or WWHP, as well as provide 30 diagnostic mammograms and 30 breast ultrasounds and increase awareness among Native American women of BSA and shift the focus from solely BSE.  ADMINISTERED BY: Gila River Health Care  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Rachel Enos (520) 550-6280  COUNTIES SERVED: Maricopa, Pinal

Golden Gate Community Center- Fighting Breast Cancer Together  Golden Gate Community Center will provide free screening mammograms to women from West central Phoenix neighborhoods. Women living in this area are predominantly uninsured, Hispanic, and low-income. The purpose of the program is to increase screening rates and breast health education among this underserved population.  Over the course of the grant year we propose the following objectives: Objective 1: Provide screening mammograms to 200 medically underserved women during project year through 5 screening and health events held at Golden Gate Community Center; Objective 2: Provide case management and referral for follow-up services to a medical provider for 100% of the women who receive abnormal mammogram results during the project year; Objective 3: Provide educational information through breast health talks and community outreach to 500 community women.  ADMINISTERED BY: Arizona’s Children Association- Golden Gate Community Center  CONTACT: Linda Luft (602) 233-0017  COUNTIES SERVED: Maricopa

La Sagrada Health FairLa Sagrada Health Fair is designed to provide 80 mammograms and additional health services to the residents of a small neighborhood located in North Phoenix  Over 92% of the families in this neighborhood live below the poverty level. This one-day health fair will bring services to the families that are unable to obtain otherwise due to being under-insured or uninsured. The health fair, includes providers who are willing do health screenings, that include blood sugar checks, cholesterol checks, vision and hearing checks, BP checks, and BMI counseling.  ADMINISTERED BY: La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Rita Block at (480) 948-1234 ext. 1110  COUNTIES SERVED: Maricopa

Screening and Advanced Diagnostics  Maricopa Health Foundation and Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS), Maricopa County’s only public hospital and healthcare system, will partner with District Medical Group, and the Well Woman Healthcheck Program to leverage funds to provide screening mammography and advanced diagnostics to the medically underserved (Hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans, refugees, the low-income, the undocumented and the uninsured) in Maricopa County. Key activities will provide 150 screening mammography’s and 76 advanced diagnostic services to women who are ethnically diverse and low-income. ADMINISTERED BY: Maricopa Health Foundation  CONTACT: Anne Beliveau (602) 344-1408  COUNTIES SERVED: Maricopa

Screening and Diagnostics at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center  St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s (SJHMC) screening project aims to save lives by providing screening mammograms to detect breast cancer.  Through this program, SJHMC aims to screen 300 uninsured and underinsured women living in Maricopa County, as well as provide all necessary follow-up diagnostic and biopsy services. A bilingual patient navigator will guide patients through the system to ensure continuity of care. The program will be evaluated based on number of patients who utilize free screening mammography services who otherwise would not have been able to afford a mammogram and who do not otherwise qualify for assistance or programs. ADMINISTERED BY: St. Joseph’s Foundation  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Breast Evaluation Center (602) 406-6700  COUNTIES SERVED: Maricopa

TREATMENT PROJECTS   Improving access to direct care for breast cancer.  

Breast Cancer Treatment at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center  St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s (SJHMC) treatment project aims to save lives by providing treatment for breast cancer. Through this program, SJHMC expects to treat approximately six uninsured and underinsured women living in Maricopa County, as well as provide all necessary follow-up care for years ahead. A bilingual patient navigator will guide patients through the system to ensure continuity of care. The program will be evaluated based on number of patients who utilize treatment services who otherwise would not have been able to afford care and who do not otherwise qualify for assistance or programs.  ADMINISTERED BY: St. Joseph’s Foundation  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Breast Evaluation Center (602) 406-6700  COUNTIES SERVED: Maricopa

Breast Cancer Treatment for Low-Income Women  Maricopa Health Foundation and Maricopa Integrated Health System, Maricopa County’s only public hospital and healthcare system, will partner with District Medical Group, and Integrated Medical Services (IMS) to leverage funds to provide breast cancer treatment to the medically underserved (Hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans, refugees, the low-income, the undocumented and the uninsured) in Maricopa County. Key activities will provide 22 women with surgical procedures (i.e., lumpectomy, mastectomy) and 21 women with radiation treatment.  ADMINISTERED BY: Maricopa Health Foundation  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Anne Beliveau (602) 344-1408  COUNTIES SERVED: Maricopa

Therapy Services/Breast Cancer Management  This grant will help fill unmet needs by providing comprehensive lymphedema, management and massage therapy to people without the means to pay fully for treatment.  Many of our patients live far away from our clinics and do not have the funds to pay for fuel.  They may need to stay overnight.  The travel and lodging funds will help those patients attend treatment sessions. Evaluation will be of numbers served. We anticipate that 40 people will need lymphedema treatment assistance, 75 breast cancer patients will benefit from funds for massage therapy, and 18 people living in remote areas, will need help with expenses and lodging.  ADMINISTERED BY: Flagstaff Medical Center  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Lori Pearlmutter (928) 214-3519  COUNTIES SERVED: Apache, Coconino, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai

Patient Care Cost Assistance  “The Patient Care Cost Assistance Project” of Northern Arizona, funded by Komen Central and Northern Arizona, provides financial assistance for breast cancer diagnoses and treatment. This project provides a safety net for underserved populations in Coconino, Navajo, Mohave, Yavapai and Apache Counties including Hispanic, Native American, uninsured and under-insured individuals. This program successfully linked women to timely, affordable care and established a treatment network of providers accepting reduced rates.  This project provides direct assistance to 90+ women and enables continued outreach to the undocumented population, resulting in 300+ mammograms annually.  ADMINISTERED BY: North Country HealthCare  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Misha Luther (928) 213-6145  COUNTIES SERVED: Apache, Coconino, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai

EDUCATION PROJECTS   Enhance education and outreach of breast self-awareness message to increase early education.

Asian Pacific Women’s Health InitiativeThe “Asian Pacific Women’s Health Initiative” is an ongoing project of the Asian Pacific Community in Action (APCA), a Phoenix-based non-profit organization. The focus of this initiative has been to educate Asian American and Pacific Islander women in Maricopa County regarding breast health and to assist these women in accessing mammography services. For the project year, it is projected that 550 women will receive comprehensive breast cancer prevention education through lay worker outreach, one-on-one counseling, expert led workshops, and 100 women will be successfully referred for mammography.  ADMINISTERED BY: Asian Pacific Community in Action  COMMUNITY CONTACT: Liza Merrill (602) 265-4598  COUNTIES SERVED: Maricopa

CONTINUUM OF CARE PROJECTS  This Category Provides Education, Outreach, Screening, Diagnostics, Treatment, and Survivorship Support Services: Supporting a woman or man’s complete journey from knowledge to screening to diagnosis to treatment and through recovery.

The Reaching Out Program  This project will address breast health needs of underserved and uninsured women in metropolitan Phoenix. The program will provide education, community outreach, screening exams, diagnostic services, breast cancer treatment, and survivor support services in a caring and culturally sensitive environment.  The program will employ Nurse Navigators to assist patients throughout the breast cancer journey. Breast health educational materials at events and in the Breast Center to 1500 newly diagnosed patients. 40 individuals will receive screening. Provide diagnostic services to at least 50 Program patients requiring additional testing as well as diagnostic services. Provide a full spectrum of breast cancer treatment and survivorship to at least 3 new patients and 11 current patients.  ADMINISTERED BY: Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center COMMUNITY CONTACT: Susan Serna (602) 839-5799   COUNTIES SERVED: Maricopa

 

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LAB DRAWS AT VERY LOW COSTS AT WALGREEN’S

From Paulla Miller (10/17/14):  I found a must have for many. Most Oncologist offices run labs regularly and bill our insurance (if we have insurance). Walgreens has partnered with a Lab company called Theranos. As selected Walgreens, you can get lab draws at extremely low costs, including tumor markers, etc, that we all tend to have tested. So. IF you do not have insurance, check out the website and find a Walgreens near you. I am looking into a discount card that a Dr. gave out making the labs free, I will let you know what I find. Until then, check it out. http://www.walgreens.com/pharmacy/lab-testing/home.jsp

Here is the Cost Menu:  http://www.theranos.com/test-menu

 

ASSISTANCE WITH MEDICATIONS/TREATMENTS (from Barbara Mitchell-Mader)

Booby Buddies, if you need assistance with your medications/treatment, I have several sites that offer grants. With the changes in healthcare, more grants are available now and covering more drugs! I was so excited to find this out today from the mail order pharmacy that mails my drug/treatment to my Dr. at Moffitt Cancer Center! ~ All 3 companies have wonderful websites and FB pages as well! ~ One company did not have my drug, but the two others did. I will be reimbursed for what I’ve had to pay out-of-pocket for my deductible! All you have to do is call the company, apply by giving them the drug you’re on and your diagnosis, they will search for coverage and give you approval over the phone and connect w/your Drs. ofc! I feel like a BLESSING just fell into my lap today! Here are the websites, the first one was wonderful, but did not carry my drug, the 2nd one I’ve applied online and the 3rd one I’m calling on Monday. THESE ARE ALL REPUTABLE COMPANIES AND THE GRANTS ARE REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOOD LUCK! XOXO

www.PANFoundation.org

www.HealthWellFoundation.org

www.NeedyMeds.org

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