Utah Breast Cancer Support Group

Non-denominational breast cancer support group in Utah for young women in their 20's, 30's and 40's. Friends by Chance. Sisters by Choice.

Young Survivor Sisters is a free, non-denominational breast cancer support group for women living in Utah who are in their 20's, 30's and 40's. We've been supporting each other like sisters since 2003 and welcome your participation. Together We Survive! To join the conversation, please join our Facebook Page

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Helps for Financial aid, Medications and Insurance

Thanks to Nancy for helping put this list together. We will try to post more information regarding financial aid and other forms of cancer aid as we receive it.

Medical expenses/general expenses resources:

Sense of Security
Click on the "FAST" button on the left side to> go to the quick questionnaire.> >
Sense of Security can fund the following expenses while you are receiving breast cancer treatment: Mortgage or rent, Medical insurance premiums, Transportation costs, Child care, Utilities, Groceries

The Patient Advocate Foundation
The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) Co-Pay Relief Program (CPR) currently provides direct financial support to insured patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries, who must financially and medically qualify to access pharmaceutical co-payment assistance. The program offers personal service to all patients through the use of call counselors; personally guiding patients through the enrollment process.

Needs Beyond Medicine
The Needs Beyond Medicine's goal is to offer assistance to enhance the quality of life for those diagnosed with breast cancer. The Needs Beyond Medicine project will provide financial assistance to women or men who are diagnosed with breast cancer, and because of the high cost of treatment, the women/men and/or their families are faced with temporary financial difficulties.

Cancer Care Inc
Cancer Care is a national non-profit organization that providese free, professional assistance to people with any type of cancer and to their families. They offer education, one on one counseling, financial aid for non-medical expenses and referrals to community services.

Cancer Fund of America
CFA is dedicated to providing direct aid to financially indigent patients in the form of goods such as canned foods, medical supplies, and other staples.

Credit Counseling Centers of America (CCC America)
CCC America is a non-profit organization that provides a wide array of consumer and creditor services for individuals and families experiencing financial distress.

Health insurance Association of America
HIAA is a lobbyist group for insurance companies. They can help answer questions regarding health insurance coverage.

Hill-Burton Free Care Program
This is a national government agency that provides referrals for free medical crae at participating medical facilities, mostly hospitals, and helps low-income individuals pay their medical bills.

Cover the Uninsured
The website contains insurance and medical coverage resources...

The First Mile Foundation
Provides financial support to families and individuals in order to alleviate the added everyday stresses associated with cancer.

Sensational in Survival
Committed to improving the quality of life for those battling breast cancer by providing financial assistance in the form of grants during treatment to those in need.

RX resources:

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Helps qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need. Website offers access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs.

Nonprofit organization aids people who can't afford medicine or other health care costs. www.needymeds.com

Web-based patient assistance program is a link between the pharmaceutical> industry and physicians t provide prescription aid.

The Medicine Program
This national non-profit organization provides free prescriptions for those who qualify.

Together RX Access
Free prescriptions savings cards for eligible US and Puerto Rico residents who have no prescription drug coverage, are not eligible for Medicare, and meet certain income guidelines.

Other Helps:

Young Survival Coalition
The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier international, nonprofit network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women and breast cancer. Through action, advocacy and awareness, the YSC seeks to educate the medical, research, breast cancer and legislative communities and to persuade them to address breast cancer in women 40 and under. The YSC also serves as a point of contact for young women living with breast cancer.

National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, Inc
NAHHH is a service organization of hospital hospitality houses (HHH). Member houses provide a variety of services - primarily no-cost or low-cost housing for families and patients requiring hospital treatment or care away from their homes. At present, there are approx. 150 HHH-type facilities in the U.S. and Canada.

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)
This network of independent groups and individuals provides information and resources about cancer support, advocacy, and quality of life issues as well as helps cancer patients deal with insurance or job discrimination and other related legal matters.

Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation (503) 829-4486
Provides an opportunity for metastatic breast cancer patients to fulfill a dream or wish.


Books Available

Ginny and I (Erin) have collected a bunch of really great breast cancer related books and would love to share them with anyone interested in reading...Just leave a comment here on the blog and we'll arrange getting you the book!

Here's the list:

Finding the “CAN” in Cancer
By Nancy Emerson, Pam Leight, Susan Boonan and Terri Schinazi

Fighting for our future- How Young Women Find Strength, Hope, and Courage While Taking Control of Breast Cancer-
Forward by Ann Curry of the Today Show
By Beth Murphy

Voices of Breast Cancer- The Haling Companion: Stories for Courage, Comfort & Strength
Edited by the Healing Project

Just a Lump in the Road- Reflections of Young Breast Cancer Survivors
By Debbie Leifert, Gina Castronova, Dr. Tamara Brennan, Jackie Ehrilich, Cindy Goldberg, & Donna Palmisciano

Breast Cancer Survivor Fitness Plan
By Carolyn M. Kaelin, M.D., M.P.H.

Facing the Mirror With Cancer- A Guide to using Make-up to Make a Difference
By Lori Ovitz and Joanne Kabak

Breast Cancer Husband-- How to Help your Wife and (Yourself) Through Diagnosis, Treatment, & Beyond
By Marc Silver

First You Cry- The Classic Inspiring Story of One Woman’s Triumph Over Breast Cancer
By Betty Rollin

The Middle Place- A Memoir of Kelly’s battle with breast cancer
By Kelly Corrigan

Crazy, Sexy, Cancer Tips-
By Kris Carr--Forward by Sheryl Crow

Tools & Tips From the Trenches- Heartfelt Advice for Survivors Families & Friends
By Mary Olsen Kelly

Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Soul
By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, & Mary Olsen Kelly

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