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Financial Resources —Did you know that there are many financial resources that can help people living with breast cancer? Find out more

Local Resources

Thanks to the generosity of donors and sponsors, our Affiliate is able to fund many breast-health and breast cancer-related programs in this area.

 Health Insurance Coverage, California

Beginning in October 2013, legal residents of California will be able to get health coverage through a new, easy-to-use marketplace called Covered California. Covered California will offer health insurance plans, which cannot be canceled or denied, at an affordable price. Californians can shop for the plans online or see if they are eligible for Medi-Cal, and Covered California will provide in person and phone  assistance for those who need it.  Check their website here


COVERED CALIFORNIA

You may still qualify for Medi-Cal or have a qualifying life event that makes you eligible for coverage through a special enrollment period. Small businesses can sign up for health insurance plans year-round.
Visit Covered California's website https://www.coveredca.com/

Mammograms/Clinical Breast Exams Cancer Detection Programs Every Woman Counts

Important message about obtaining a mammogram:  Please read first prior to calling a Komen grantee below for mammogram assistance.

Every Woman Counts (EWC) provides free clinical breast exams, mammograms, pelvic exams, and Pap tests to California’s underserved women. The mission of the EWC is to save lives by preventing and reducing the devastating effects of cancer for Californians through education, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, and integrated preventive services, with special emphasis on the underserved. EWC is part of the Department of Health Care Service's Cancer Detection and Treatment Branch (CDTB).

Breast Cancer Screening Information

Do you qualify for free services? You may if you:

    are 40 years old or older
    have low income (EWC Income Criteria)
    have no or limited insurance
    are not getting these services through Medi-Cal or another government-sponsored program
    live in California

Call 1-800-511-2300 Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM.

 
Cervical Cancer Prevention Information

Do you qualify for free services? You may if you:

    are 21 years old or older
    have low income (EWC Income Criteria)
    have no or limited insurance
    are not getting these services through Medi-Cal or another government-sponsored program
    live in California

Call 1-800-511-2300 Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM.

 

 


These projects have been selected by our independent Grant Review Panel as those that will have the greatest impact in serving uninsured or underinsured women in our service area. Please note that Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is not a direct service provider.



Komen Central Valley Grantees FY2015/16

California Health Collaborative- Patient Navigation and Support Project-     Program will provide culturally appropriate breast health/cancer education, care coordination/navigation, practical support, and financial assistance to both symptomatic individuals and breast cancer patients in Fresno County. The Project will target low-income, uninsured symptomatic individuals throughout Fresno County that do not qualify for any government programs that need diagnostic services to increase early detection of breast cancer and access to care. The Project will also target diagnosed breast cancer patients that need care coordination, emotional support, and financial assistance in order to increase treatment compliance and long-term survival.   For DIAGNOSTIC Mammograms call:  559-244-4554 or 888-921-7465 FREE

 

Centro la Familia-  Cancer del Seno-   using a peer support and patient navigation model to provide culturally sensitive education, awareness, support and linkage to resources for underserved/underinsured Hispanic women in three rural areas of Fresno County: Riverdale, Mendota and Kerman as well as two urban ZIP codes of Fresno County, 93702 and 93706. CLFA has no clients currently enrolled in the proposed program. This project will address the high need for linguistically and culturally appropriate breast cancer awareness within the Hispanic populations.  559-237-2961



Fresno Health Consumer Center, a project of Central California Legal Services, Inc.: Breast Cancer Education Project-The culturally diverse staff is trained to assist families with health care access issues in their own language. Individuals served represent an ethnically diverse clientele, with an increasing number of residents for whom English is a second language.  Will provide advocacy and educational breast cancer awareness services and offer free mammograms for men and women in Fresno County through the administration of the $200 Challenge funds raised from Komen Central Valley Race for the Cure.  For ROUTINE/SCREENING Mammograms call:  559-570-1218

 

West Fresno Family Resource Center:  WE CARE II project for the purpose of improving breast health education and screenings through effective cultural relevant intervention, the venue of beauty salons serving African American women, while addressing barriers to screening. The WE CARE II project is adapted from a successful research project, “Community-Based Breast Cancer Intervention Program for Older African American Women in Beauty Salons,”
WFFRC will work in collaboration and cooperation of with the following:  a). Four recruited, local salon owners for the coordination of space in the salon and access to their clients; b). Clinica Sierra Vista, a Federal Qualified Health Clinic with 3 local sites that will provide clinical breast exams and mammograms to referred clients; c). Dr. Helda Pinzon-Perez will provide referral of potential candidates. 559 621 2967



Cleaning for a A Reason Foundation
Fighting cancer is difficult enough, but living with it is even tougher - and that's where the Cleaning for A Reason Foundation steps in.  This  nonprofit offers free professional housecleaning, and maid services to improve the lives of women undergoing treatment for cancer - any type of cancer.  This organization partners with professional residential maid services who are insured and bonded to participate in our foundation.
The companies have agreed to take 2 patients at a time and offer four free general cleanings – one a month for four months as a way to give back to their community.  Click HERE to find out more!

 

Local Support for Breast Cancer Survivors by Breast Cancer Survivors
Sisterhood of Survivors is a Fresno-based 501c3 organization committed to assisting newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and survivors.  A breast cancer survivor member of the Sisterhood of Survivors delivers educational "totes" to the recently diagnosed, enabling survivors the opportunity to reach out to others as they begin treatment.  SOS provides educational luncheons, volunteer opportunities, newletters and most importantly support and friendship.  Click HERE to contact and learn more



Benefits for Breast Cancer Patients
Linking A.R.M.S.
Assistance and Resources Made Simple
A program for medically underserved women made possible through a partnership between CancerCare and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Provides financial assistance, education and support services to low-income, under- or uninsured women across the county who qualify. Patients can access the Linking A.R.M.S. program by calling Susan G. Komen for the Cure® , Toll-Free, National Breast Care Helpline at 1-877-GO KOMEN or call CancerCare at 800-813-HOPE

HealthWell Foundation
The HealthWell Foundation® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2003 that is committed to addressing the needs of individuals with insurance who cannot afford their copayments, coinsurance, and premiums for important medical treatments. Our vision is to ensure that no patient goes without health care because they cannot afford it.  Check for eligibility  http://healthwellfoundation.org/ 


Patient Advocate Foundation/Susan G. Komen Announce Patient Grant Program

August 12, 2013 - Beginning today, breast cancer patients now have access to financial support in the form of grants that contribute towards the expenses resulting from treatment including lymphedema care and supplies, childcare and/or eldercare or transportation costs necessitated by treatment. Nationally recognized case management organization Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) has partnered with Susan G. Komen to launch the Komen Treatment Assistance Program Financial Aid Fund; ensuring breast cancer patients across the nation have access to monetary support that can bring needed relief during treatment.

Eligible patients include those who have been diagnosed and are in active treatment for breast cancer that fall within 250% or less of the federal poverty limits. Qualified patients may use the one time grant of $300 to cover expenses for lymphedema care and supplies, durable medical equipment, transportation costs associated with getting to and from treatment, prosthesis and wigs, or childcare and/or eldercare necessitated by treatment.

Patient Advocate Foundation’s professional staff is available to assist applicants and distribute funds through the toll free financial assistance line at (855) 824-7941  (855) 824-7941 FREE  . Live financial counselors are available Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 5:00pm and Friday 8:30am – 4pm eastern standard time to assist patients through the grant process.

Dream Foundation
Making dreams come through for adults facing life-threatening illness.  Learn more HERE

Clinical Trials
What is a Clinical Trial?
Clinical trials are carefully controlled research studies in which people volunteer to participate.  These studies test the safety and potential benefits of new ways to prevent, diagnose or treat disease.  They also identify risks that may not yet be known.  Clinical trials have led to many medical advances, such as screening mammography, lumpectomy and the use of tamoxifen.  There are three main types of clinical trials:
Phase I tests to see if a new treatment is safe for humans and to look for early signs of effectiveness.
Phase II tests to see if the treatment works for a specific disease.
Phase III compares the effectiveness of the new treatment against a standard treatment.

Following a breast cancer diagnosis, you are faced with many decisions.  One of the most important decisions is about treatment.  Clinical trials are an excellent way to receive treatment, but may not be an option for everyone.  With the help of your doctor, you can make an informed choice.


For clinical trials within a 100 mile radius, please click HERE 

For breast specific clinical trial information, please click HERE  

For all clinical trial information, please click HERE 

Download Facts for Life-Clinical Trials HERE  

Visit komen.org for Facts for Life for all information breast cancer related HERE

 

 

 FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Information on financial issues and insurance

There are many financial resources to help people with breast cancer.

The first place you can turn to for advice is a trusted health care provider. Physicians, nurses and social workers can all provide information and advice about financial matters. Hospital discharge planners, patient relation offices, patient service offices, social workers and patient navigators at hospitals or managed care organizations may be helpful too. For questions about specific insurance policies, state insurance agencies and insurance companies can be helpful.

Many state and national organizations provide information about financial assistance and insurance. Some of these are listed below along with resources to help with travel, lodging and medical items, including prescription drugs.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Gives detailed information on Medicare and other health insurance programs for people over 50.
888-OUR-AARP (888-687-2277)
www.aarp.org/health

American Cancer Society's "Taking Charge of Money Matters"
Offers a series of booklets on financial topics for people living with cancer.
800-ACS-2345 (800-227-2345)
www.cancer.org

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Publishes the booklets "Working It Out: Your Employment Rights as a Cancer Survivor" and "What Cancer Survivors Need to Know About Health Insurance".
301-650-9127
www.canceradvocacy.org

Patient Advocate Foundation
Offers legal and advocacy help when disputing insurance claim denials and provides financial assistance information.
800-532-5274
www.patientadvocate.org

HealthWell Foundation
The HealthWell Foundation® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2003 that is committed to addressing the needs of individuals with insurance who cannot afford their copayments, coinsurance, and premiums for important medical treatments. Our vision is to ensure that no patient goes without health care because they cannot afford it. 
http://www.healthwellfoundation.org/

The Pink Fund
The mission of The Pink Fund is to provide short-term financial aid to women and men (and therefore their families) who are in active treatment for and recovery from breast cancer.
http://www.thepinkfund.org/the_pink_fund_qualifications.php

Social Security Administration
Find your local social security office.
http://www.ssa.gov/

US Department of Health and Human Services: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Provides information on choosing a health plan.
www.ahrq.gov/consumer/cc/cc060308.htm

US Department of Health and Human Services: Medicare
Provides detailed information on the Medicare health insurance program, including Medicare prescription drug plans.
800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227)
www.medicare.gov

Transportation assistance

Air Charity Network
Provides air travel to treatment centers.
877-621-7177
www.aircharitynetwork.org

CancerCare
Offers limited financial help to cover treatment-related transportation and childcare costs.
800-813-HOPE (800-813-4673)
www.cancercare.org

Corporate Angel Network
Provides air travel to treatment centers.
866-328-1313
www.corpangelnetwork.org

National Patient Travel Center
Provides air travel to treatment centers.
800-296-1217
www.patienttravel.org

Raquel’s Wings for Life
Provides air travel to treatment centers.
940-627-1050
www.raquelswingsforlife.com

Lodging assistance

American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodges
Provide lodging for families during cancer treatment.
800-ACS-2345 (800-227-2345)
www.cancer.org/

Health care assistance (medical items and prescription drugs)

CancerCare Co-payment Assistance Foundation
Offers health insurance co-payment assistance to breast cancer patients undergoing some types of chemotherapy.
866-55-COPAY (866-552-6729)
www.cancercarecopay.org

Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and CancerCare’s Linking A.R.M.S.™
Linking A.R.M.S.™ is a partnership between Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and CancerCare. For those who are eligible, Linking A.R.M.S.™ provides financial assistance grants of up to $350. These grants can be used for oral chemotherapy and hormonal therapy medications, pain and anti-nausea medication, medical equipment and lymphedema support and supplies.
1-877-GO-KOMEN (1-877-465-6636)
www.cancercare.org

Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-Pay Relief Program
The Co-Pay Relief Program (CPR) is a partnership between Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF). CPR provides direct financial support for pharmaceutical drug co-payment assistance to insured patients, including those with Medicare Part D, who qualify. This program offers call counselors who personally guide patients through the enrollment process.
866-512-3861
www.copays.org

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)
Offers low-cost and free prescription drug programs for those with limited income
888-4PPA-NOW (888-477-2669)
http://www.pparx.org/

NeedyMeds.com
Provides information on how to find pharmaceutical manufacturer assistance programs.
www.needymeds.com

College Scholarships