Insurance coverage information
Most insurance plans cover all the cost of screening with no out-of-pocket costs such as co-pays or deductibles. Even without insurance, there are low cost, reliable options, including ones you can do at home.
View available coverage for different health plans.
For those with little or no insurance
The Affordable Care Act expands access to insurance to everyone. To find out about your insurance options visit HealthCare.gov.
Below are local and national resources for patients who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and need assistance paying for treatment:
- The Figg Tree Foundation—Provides grants to help with medical expenses ranging from doctors visits to chemotherapy treatment (click on Grant Info)
- Patient Advocate Foundation—The Colorectal CareLine provides one-time grants to patients who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer and need help with transportation services associated with their care
- BenefitsCheckUp, a Service of the National Council on Aging—Helps seniors access available benefits for health care and other needs
- HealthWell Foundation—Helps pay for medications for patients who are underinsured
- Oregon Primary Care Association—Provides a list of federally qualified health centers across Oregon (click on Find a Health Center)
- Project Access Now—Coordinates a network of volunteer physicians and other health care providers, making it easier for them to donate medically necessary care to the low-income uninsured in our communities.
- 211info.org — Connects people with health and social service organizations
- Breast, Cervical, and Colon Health Program in Washington State provides free cancer screening and follow-up services to income- and screening-eligible adults. (Services are provided in Vancouver-area practices.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable
- American Cancer Society
- National Cancer Institute, or 1-800-4-CANCER
In May 2006 my mom—a vibrant and otherwise healthy 82-year-old African woman—was diagnosed with Stage 4 colorectal cancer. Before her diagnosis I had never thought about colorectal cancer, but now I know that it is the second most deadly form of cancer and is also more prevalent among African Americans.
My mom had her surgery the Saturday before Mother’s Day and the only gift she asked of her six children was to get a colonoscopy. I scheduled mine as soon as I got home from visiting with her.
I’m telling my story to demystify the procedure and stress the benefits of getting screened. Colonoscopies are an easy and uncomplicated procedure and are crucial for preventing colorectal cancer and identifying cancer early so it can be treated. Nothing should get in the way of getting screened.
Liz Baxter – Portland