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
Colorectal cancer is virtually completely preventable if screenings and, if necessary, treatment is done early enough. Why wouldn’t you avoid the possibility of having to deal with the trauma of cancer by having the screening. The alternative is so much worse. This is one thing that I can do to prevent me from getting colorectal cancer. It is a no brainer to make the decision to have the screening done. In my case the doctor found and removed a polyp and I will be going back for a screening 5 years from the procedure instead of the usual 10.
Ken, Dallas Resident