Resources

Financial Assistance with Screening
(Mammograms, Breast Exams)

American Breast Cancer Foundation

410.825.9388 or 877.539.2543
www.abcf.org
Sponsors “Key to Life” Breast Cancer Screening Assistance, which provides financial assistance for clinical breast exams, mammograms, ultrasound, surgical consultations and emergency biopsies free to eligible women and men.

Cabarrus Health Alliance Breast Health Screening Program (Cabarrus County)

704.920.1000
Provides free breast cancer screening, diagnostics and referrals for low-income, uninsured and underinsured residents of Cabarrus County with breast problems who are under age 40 and do not qualify for BCCCP. Contact Priscilla Wilson, RN, at 704.920.1000 or pjwilson@cabarrushealth.org for more information.

CancerCare

800.813.HOPE (4673)
www.cancercare.org
Sponsors limited financial assistance for cancer patients.Funds are for home care, child care, and transportation,pain medications, chemotherapy, radiation, lymphedema services and durable medical equipment. There are income guidelines.

ENCOREplus®of the YWCA

Call your local YWCA
Provides free or low-cost clinical breast exams, mammograms and pap smears to women age 40 and over within certain income guidelines. Currently, there are eight YWCA locations in North Carolina — Asheville and Western NC, Central Carolinas (Monroe), Greensboro, High Point, Triangle (Raleigh, Johnston County residents also eligible), Lower Cape Fear (Wilmington), and Winston-Salem.

Education and Early Detection (Johnston County)

Johnston County Health Department
919.989.5200
Provides funds to help uninsured women in Johnston County with mammograms, diagnostics, ultrasound, some medications, prostheses and wigs.

Lincoln Community Health Center (Durham County)

919.956.4026

Has funds to provide mammograms to uninsured women and men in Durham County, who
are registered patients of Lincoln Community Health Center.

Mammograms for Life! (Nash County)

Nash County Health Department

252.459.9819 or 252.446.0027
Provides mammograms and other diagnostic services such as ultrasound and biopsies for women to uninsured/underinsured women, within certain income guidelines, in Nash County.

Mobile Mammography (Caswell County)

Caswell Family Medical Center
336.694.1181
Provides mobile mammography screenings four times per year to women in Caswell County, NC.

North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (NCBCCCP)

919.707.5300 or 800.662.7030
www.bcccp.ncdhhs.gov
NCBCCCP provides free or low cost breast and cervical cancer screening and follow-up services to uninsured/ underinsured women ages 40-64 who meet certain income guidelines and do not have Medicare Part B or Medicaid. Services are offered at most local health departments as well as some community health centers, hospitals and private physicians’ offices across the state.

North Carolina Cancer Assistance Unit

North Carolina Comprehensive Cancer Program
919.707.5321 or 866.693.2656
www.nccancerassist.com
Provides financial assistance for diagnostic or treatment services to women with little or no health insurance. Applicants must be North Carolina residents and meet income and certain medical requirements. The patient’s doctor must submit a letter for the patient. Services must be pre-approved.

Plugging the Gap (Wake County)

919.833.7534
This program from Planned Parenthood, based in Raleigh, offers free mammograms and follow-up ser-vices when breast abnormalities are discovered during routine annual exams for women under age 40.

Project Pink (Vance County)

Maria Parham Medical Center and Vance County Health Department
252.436.1605
Provides funds for breast cancer screening and support services for women in need in Vance County.

Financial Assistance with Treatment

Disability Benefits—Social Security

Social Security Administration
800.772.1213
www.ssa.gov/disability
If you cannot work, regardless of your age, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits if your disability has lasted or will last for one year or longer. To apply, see the web site or call the toll-free number above to apply. Social Security pays disability benefits under two programs:

  • Social Security Disability Income (SSDI): If you have been working and contributing to Social Security for several years, you may qualify for SSDI. However, you must meet the government’s narrow definition of disabled. If you get turned down, it is best to reapply. You may need to reapply more than once; some cases are more likely to be approved after 2-3 denials and a subsequent hearing before a judge. When approved, benefits do not begin until the sixth full month of disability. Your income has nothing to do with whether you qualify for SSDI.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI): If you have not worked much, or your income was very low before you became unable to work, you may be eligible for SSI. This program helps people who are disabled, over age 65 and/or blind. To qualify, your income and assets must be below a certain level. If you do qualify, SSI will pay you a monthly income.

Hill-Burton Program

800.638.0742 (Toll-free hotline)
www.hrsa.gov/hillburton/hillburtonfacilities.htm
Some hospitals receive funds from the Federal government, so they can offer free or low-cost services to those who are unable to pay. Eligibility is based on family size and income. You may apply for assistance at any time, before or after you receive care. Not all types of treatment are covered. Call the hotline or see the web site for more information.

  • North Carolina currently has the Hill-Burton program (or similar program) active at five facilities across the state: (Piedmont Health Services, Chapel Hill; Cumberland County Health Department, Fayetteville; Snow Hill Medical Center, Snow Hill; New Hanover Community Health Center, Wilmington; and Lutheran Nursing Home, Salisbury).

The Hope Chest for Women (Asheville, NC)

828.418.344
www.hopeawcc.com/nhope.htm
Provides limited financial assistance for women in Western NC with breast or gynecologic cancer.

North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Medicaid (NCBCCM)

(through local health departments)
919.707.5300
www.bcccp.ncdhhs.gov
If your breast cancer was diagnosed through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) at your health department, and you do not have health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, and meet other eligibility criteria, you may be eligible for your treatment costs to be covered through BCCM.

North Carolina Cancer Assistance Unit

North Carolina Comprehensive Cancer Program
919.707.5321 or 866.693.2656
www.nccancerassist.com
Provides financial assistance for diagnostic or treatment services to women with little or no health insurance. Applicants must be North Carolina residents and meet income and certain medical requirements. The patient’s doctor must submit a letter for the patient. Services must be pre-approved.

Veterans Health Administration Cancer Program

Department of Veteran Affairs
800.827.1000 or 800.733.8387
www.va.gov
Eligible veterans and their dependents may receive cancer treatment at a Veterans Administration Medical Center at no cost. CHAMPVA is an additional health-care benefits program for dependents or survivors of veterans who meet certain criteria.

Financial Assistance with Chemotherapy or Other Medication

Ask your doctor if you can purchase any of your medications from Canada, where drugs are much cheaper. You can purchase medications online from Canadian pharmacies, but you must be very careful that the web site is a legitimate Canadian pharmacy. To get an up-to-date list of legitimate online sites, see www.medicineassist.org. Also, www.pharmacychecker. com offers a subscription service that can help you find the best price online from U.S. or international pharmacies.

BenefitsCheckUp

www.benefitscheckup.org
Provided by the National Council on Aging. BenefitsCheckUp is an online resource for people age 55 and older who find it hard to pay for their medi-cines. The services can find drug assistance programs that are available in every state. The web site also includes another questionnaire that searches for programs to help with rent, property, taxes, meals, and other needs.

CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation

866.55.COPAY (866.552.6729)
www.cancercarecopay.org
Provides full or partial assistance with eligible co-payment insurance costs for chemotherapy or other medications.

Cancer Services, Inc. (Winston-Salem, NC)

336.760.9983 or 800.228.7421
www.cancer-services.com
A local North Carolina non-profit organization serv-ing Davie, Forsyth, Stokes, and Yadkin counties. Has a cancer medication fund.

Common Thread for the Cure (Winston-Salem, NC)

336.725.1371
Statewide program that provides financial assistance for women with breast cancer who have connections to any area of the furniture industry.

Co-Pay Relief

866.512.3861
www.copays.org
A program of the Patient Advocate Foundation. Provides direct co-payment help for prescription drugs to insured people who financially and medically qualify. Call counselors for assistance with the process.

Linking A.R.M.S.

800.I’M.AWARE (800.462.9273)
www.komen.org/BreastCancer/PrescriptionDrugs.html
A partnership between Susan G. Komen For the Cure and CancerCare. Offers limited financial assistance for oral medications, lymphedema care, and medical equipment.

Low Income Subsidy (LIS) Assistance

800.MEDICARE (800.633.4227)
www.cms.hhs.gov/limitedincomeandresources
If you have a low income (up to 150% of the federal poverty level) with limited assets and are enrolled in a Medicare Part D plan, you may be eligible for Low Income Subsidy (LIS) assistance. If you qualify for LIS, your out-of-pocket expenses will be less.

Needy Meds, Inc.

215.625.9609
www.needymeds.org
This web site is designed to help people find drug assistance programs. Search by pharmaceutical company or by drug name. Updated frequently.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

888.4PPA.NOW (888.477.2669)
www.pparx.org
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance program is a group of drug companies, health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups that help patients who don’t have prescription drug coverage find assistance programs that are right for them.

Senior PHARMAssist (Durham, NC)

919.688.4772
www.seniorpharmassist.org
A program in Durham County that helps older adults (60+) with limited incomes purchase medications and coordinates with their healthcare providers to ensure effective and affordable medications for them. Also provides assistance with Medicare.

Assistance with Prostheses (Breast Forms),
Wigs and Medical Supplies

First, check with your local hospital or cancer center—they sometimes have wig banks and other supplies in-house. Also, see our Chapter 12: Suppliers of Breast Cancer Products and Services for stores and companies across North Carolina that offer discounts on prostheses, wigs, lymphedema supplies and more.

American Cancer Society

800.ACS.2345 or 866.228.4327 (TTY)
www.cancer.org
The Patient Donations program has free goods and services such as wigs, medical supplies, home care, and nutritional supplements that were donated.

Cancer Services, Inc. (Winston-Salem, NC)

336.760.9983 or 800.228.7421 (in North Carolina)
www.cancer-services.com
A local North Carolina nonprofit organization that serves Davie, Forsyth, Stokes, and Yadkin counties. Has free medical equipment and supplies available.

Assistance with Lodging

First, ask the social worker or nurse at the hospital where you receive treatment if local hotels and motels offer a discount to those receiving treatment at the hospital, or if there is a Host Homes program. Some also offer free transportation to the hospital.

National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses

828.253.1188 or 800.542.9730
www.nahhh.org
Helps provide free or low-cost family-centered lodging and support services to people needing medical treatment away from home and families. Call the toll-free number or see web site for updated listing and contact info for North Carolina houses. Currently, 14 hospitality or similar-type houses are in North Carolina:

Asheville:
Lewis Rathbun Center, 828.251.0595
www.lewisrathbuncenter.org

Chapel Hill:
Adult Family Housing of UNC,919.966.4349
Family House, 919.932.8000
www.secufamilyhouse.org

Charlotte:
Hospitality House of Charlotte, 704.384.6058
www.hospitalityhouseofcharlotte.org

Durham:
Caring House, 919.490.5449
http://caringhouse.com
Hope Homes, 919.620.3504
www.huntershope.org
Duke Host Homes, inquire at Duke University Medical Center, 888.275.3853 or 919.681.4688

Elizabeth City:
Wesley Hospitality House,252.335.7117
www.whh-nc.org

Fayetteville:
Stanton Hospitality House, call 800.542.9730 for contact information

Ft. Bragg:
Fisher House, call 800.542.9730 for contact information

Greenville:
American Cancer Society McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge, 252.695.6143 or 800.282.4914

Hickory:
Carpenter Hospitality House, 828.324.6896

High Point:
Kimberly House, call 800.542.9730 for contact information

Pinehurst:
FirstHealth of the Carolinas, 910.215.5350

Wilmington:
Hospital Hospitality House of Wilmington, 910.763.3039

Winston-Salem:
Friendship Place/The Hawthorne Inn, 336.777.3000 ext. 1120
www1.wfubmc.edu/radia-tiononcology/patient+information

Assistance with Transportation

Transportation services are available in many communities. Although they vary, they are usually one of these three types:

  • Low-cost van service run by community agencies or hospitals.
  • Volunteer transportation services where someone will drive you in their car.
  • Private transportation services (vans and taxis) that some nonprofit groups will help you pay for.

Here are some ideas to help you find transportation:

  • Start with family and friends. Often, they want to help, and this is something they can do.
  • Check with your hospital to find out if it has a van service or volunteer transportation services.
  • See if you can set up a carpool with other patients.
  • Check with community agencies (YMCA, churches, fraternal orders, etc.) to find out if they can help.
  • Ask local taxi services if they can offer you a discount rate if you use them regularly.
  • Local DSS offices have transportation services which are free for Medicaid patients and are sometimes available for a fee to non-Medicaid patients.

For air flights, see the listings below or call the airline to see if they have a medical discount program.

Air Ambulance for North Carolina and South Carolina

Phoenix Air Services
704.867.8975
No fees, but donations accepted. Full life-support system on all planes. Must meet eligibility requirements.

Air Care Alliance

918.745.0384 or 888.260.9707
www.aircareall.org
The Air Care Alliance is a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations whose volunteer pilots are dedicated to community service. These organizations provide air transport for patients and sometimes for family members needing to get to treatment.

Air Charity Network

877.621.7177
www.aircharitynetwork.org
Provides access for people in need seeking free air transportation to specialized health care facilities or distant destinations due to family, community or national crisis.

American Cancer Society (ACS)

800.227.2345 or 866.228.4327 (TTY)
www.cancer.org
Has up to $150 per patient per year financial assistance available for transportation or medication. The Road to Recovery program links trained volunteers with patients who need rides to outpatient appointments.

Angel Flight

877.4.AN.ANGEL or 877.452.7958
www.angelflightsoars.org
Angel Flight provides free air transportation for people that have a medical need that cannot be filled in their local area. Angel Flight serves primarily patients who are travelling from, to or through Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

CancerCare

800.813.HOPE (4673)
www.cancercare.org
Sponsors limited financial assistance for cancer patients. Funds are for home care, child care, and transportation,pain medications, chemotherapy, radiation and lymphedema services. There are income guidelines.

Cancer Services, Inc. (Winston-Salem, NC)

336.760.9983 or 800.228.7421
www.cancer-services.com
A local North Carolina non-profit organization that serves Davie, Forsyth, Stokes, and Yadkin counties. Has transportation assistance available.

Corporate Angel Network, Inc.

914.328.1313 or 866.328.1313
www.corpangelnetwork.org
Provides free air transportation to cancer patients traveling to and from cancer treatment centers, using empty seats on corporate aircraft. No financial requirements, but you must be able to walk and travel without life support. Register within three weeks of a specific appointment at a recognized cancer treatment center.

National Patient Travel Center

c/o Mercy Medical Airlift
757.318.9174 or 800.296.1217
www.patienttravel.org
Provides assistance with long distance travel for medical evaluation, diagnosis or treatment. Makes referrals to organizations based on distance needed to travel and medical condition of patient.

Assistance with Meals

Meals on Wheels

Provides home-delivered meals to those in need. If you need to have meals delivered to your home or the home of a loved one, call the ElderCare Locator number at 800.677.1116 to get the number of the Meals on Wheels program closest to your area.

Assistance with Utilities

Contact your county Department of Social Services office for assistance. They often have information on programs to help with heating and cooling costs and other utility expenses.

Assistance with Child Care or Home Care

CancerCare

800.813.HOPE (4673)
www.cancercare.org
Sponsors limited financial assistance for cancer patients.Funds are for home care, child care, and transportation,pain medications, chemotherapy, radiation and lymphedema services. There are income guidelines.