For those with little or no insurance
Below are local and national resources for patients who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and need assistance paying for treatment:
- The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems—Contacting your local hospital is a good first step when seeking help to pay for treatment. This website lists all Oregon hospitals’ financial assistance policies.
- 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—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.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- American Cancer Society
- National Cancer Institute, or 1-800-4-CANCER
Being a health insurance consultant, I know the value of early detection and knew this screening was as important as any I’d ever done. My first test, at age 51, revealed quite a few precancerous polyps, which were removed. I’m thankful that I got screened and discovered my symptoms early on. The one thing you can’t buy back is your health, so take charge of it as best you can.