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Pink Ribbon Assistance
How am I going to take care of my family with all these medical bills?
The financial costs associated with breast cancer treatment can be a strain on families, even with health insurance. Medical costs in the U.S. associated with breast cancer reached $16.5 billion last year and costs only continue to rise. Researchers believe breast cancer expenses could reach up to $26 billion by 2020.
New breast cancer treatments can cost thousands of dollars a year, and important follow-up care continues long after treatment- sometimes for the remainder of a patient’s life in metastatic cases. While new technologies are being introduced as resources, they also bring in an added financial burden. The financial toll on an individual may leave many breast cancer patients looking for help.
The financial strain on breast cancer patients is emerging more and more. Medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcies in the U.S., and unfortunately many cancer patients put off getting tested or treatment because of the cost. One study estimated that breast cancer patients pay averages over $700 a month in out-of-pocket medical expenses and few know where to find financial assistance.
Pink Ribbon Assistance
Michelle’s Place established the Pink Ribbon Assistance program to provide support and resources to women going through breast cancer treatment. Michelle’s Place realizes that fighting breast cancer is difficult enough without the additional concerns of how you will get to your next medical appointment, put food on the table, or pay bills. Pink Ribbon Assistance provides temporary assistance with grocery gift cards, a Survivor Toolkit, and information on other resources available.
• Provide photo identification (Driver’s License, State ID, passport, school ID, etc.)
• Live in Riverside or San Bernardino County.
• Be in active breast cancer treatment.
How do I apply for the Pink Ribbon Assistance Program?
Submit the request form and one of our patient navigators will contact you to get the application process started.
Other Financial Resources Available to You
The first place to find financial assistance may be with your doctor. Some drugs may have cheaper alternatives available. Also, the billing office may be able to help by creating a billing plan to spread payment over time.
Medicaid provides health insurance for low-income families who meet requirements. Some breast cancer patients may also qualify for Social Security disability benefits. While these can be great resources for some, demand is high and resources may be low.
Breast cancer, and continued treatment can be very expensive. It’s important to find what resources are available to you and talk to your doctor about reducing your expenses.