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.

 

Other resources:

 

Your Stories

For five years my husband’s doctor told him to schedule a colonoscopy, yet he always had a reason to put it off.  Finally, after a lot of urging on my part, he had a colonoscopy two years ago.

The procedure was routine and went well, and then the doctor called me into the procedure room and told me that my husband had a large tumor almost surrounding the sigmoid area of the colon and he needed surgery to remove it immediately. The doctors were able to find the tumor before it spread to any lymph nodes and my husband has had a full recovery. If he hadn’t gone in for his colonoscopy, he probably wouldn’t be with me today.

Colonoscopies save lives. To lose someone to this cancer when it can be identified early is awful and this screening helps our loved ones know about their cancer risks and treatment options early.

Renee Menkens – Roseburg


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