Resources

At VBCF we understand that a breast cancer diagnosis can impact more than just your health. We have compiled some resources to help you.

VBCF does not specifically endorse any of the organizations listed.  Any omission of relevant information is not intentional. VBCF has made every effort to provide accurate information but phone numbers and web addresses change frequently.  If you find inaccuracies or have recommended additions, please contact jaime@vbcf.org

Financial Resources

Organization Phone Number Website Details
Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania 215-349-8895 http://www.oncolink.org/resources Gives information about viatical settlements, glossaries of financial terms, news, and general information.  Also lets individuals ask questions of the “experts.”
American Breast Cancer Foundation 877-323-4226 http://www.abcf.org Provides assistance for mammograms, diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds and limited grants for biopsies.  Strives to identify available programs offering reduced cost screenings.  Offers support for chemotherapy or medications.  Supplies impoverished breast cancer patients and survivors with wigs, breast prosthesis and lymphedema garments/supplies.
American Cancer Society 800-227-2345 http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MIT/mit_3.asp Provides information on rights as a patient, what to expect from employers, and how to handle insurance issues.
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond 804-285-2011 http://www.bonsecours.com St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond offers a sliding scale financial assistance program for patients who are self-pay.  Call for more information.
CancerCare 800-813-4673 http://www.cancercare.org From home page, choose “Get Help” on top.  Then choose “Assistance”.  Gives information about CancerCare’s and AvonCare’s assistance programs, links for finding assistance, and tips.
The Cancer Information Network 866-836-6791   Provides an extensive listing of resources available for assistance.
The Johns Cancer Foundation 804-330-2330 www.thejohnscancerfoundation.com Limited funds to help indigent care patients pay for home care equipment; emergency financial assistance; for greater Richmond area residents.
Medicare Official Site 800-MEDICARE http://www.medicare.gov
National Cancer Institute 800-422-6237 http://www.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/support Provides information on assistance for clinical trials, different states’ plans, and for cancer care in general.
Official Government Benefits Website 800-333-4636 http://www.govbenefits.gov Helps you determine your benefits under the U.S. Government.
Patient Advocate Foundation 800-532-5274 http://www.patientadvocate.org/resources.php Foundation has case managers that help patients discover federal, state and local programs to meet their needs. Website has 5 guides that help with this mission.
Patient Services Incorporated 800-366-7741 http://www.patientservicesinc.org Provides financial assistance to cover the cost of high insurance premiums.
Goodwill of Central VA 804-745-6300 http://www.goodwillrichmond.org Provides free medical equipment and supplies.
Senior Connections 804-343-3000 http://www.seniorconnections-va.org Provides assistance with utilities, including gas, electric, phone, and water.  For greater Richmond area residents.
211 Program 211 if calling in Virginia http://www.211virginia.org Provides help in finding financial assistance, counseling, legal assistance, home health care, transportation and more.
Cancer Survival Toolbox offered by the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship 888-650-9127 http://www.canceradvocacy.org/toolbox A free self-learning audio program to help people develop skills to better meet and understand the challenges of their illness.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance 1-888-4PPA-NOW (477-2669) http://www.pparx.org/Intro.php Call to receive a free guide to pharmaceutical assistance programs or check website to search for programs.
Chai Lifeline 877-CHAI-LIFE http://www.chailifeline.org Offers wish fulfillment, bereavement services, and insurance counseling ****MUST BE OF JEWISH DECENT****
Corporate Angel Network 866-328-1313 http://www.corpangelnetwork.org Free air transportation for cancer patients traveling to treatment using the empty seats on corporate jets.
Angel Flight 918-749-8992 http://www.angelflightamerica.org Offers air transportation to patients and their family members to specialized medical treatment facilities.
National Patient Air Transport HELPLINE 1-800-296-1217 http://www.patienttravel.org Provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical air transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help available in the national charitable medical air transportation network.
Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition http://www.cancerfac.org Provides a database of organizations that help with specific cancer diagnoses and helps patients manage their financial challenges.
Cancercare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation 866-552-6729 http://www.cancercarecopay.org Provides information for individuals who cannot afford their insurance co-payments to cover the cost of medications for treating cancer.
Hill-Burton Program 800-638-0742 http://www.hrsa.gov/gethealthcare/affordable/hillburton Provides services for free or at low cost to people who meet eligibility guidelines.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 914-949-5213 http://www.lls.org Provides a limited amount of financial assistance to help patients offset expenses.
Surviving and Moving Forward (The SAMFund) 866-439-9365 http://www.thesamfund.org The foundation distributes grants and scholarships in an effort to enable survivors to pursue their educational or professional goals, as well as to help pay for living, job search, and lingering medical expenses.  (Must be between the ages of 17 and 35).
Cancer Fund of America 865-938-5281 http://www.cfoa.org Provides financial asistance to the medically indigent cancer patient anywhere in the United States.


Insurance Resources

Organization Phone Number Website Details
Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
http://www.oncolink.upenn.edu/resources/index.cfm Gives updated news about insurance and billing issues.
American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession 312-988-5824 http://www.americanbar.org/groups/health_law/breast_cancer_task_force.html Offers listing of pro bono (free) legal referral services, steps to protecting legal rights, how to keep insurance coverage, and other helpful information.
American Cancer Society (800) ACS-2345 http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MIT/mit_3.asp Provides information on rights as a patient, what to expect from employers, and how to handle insurance issues.
Cancer Survival Toolbox offered by the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship http://www.cancersurvivaltoolbox.org/resourceGuideViewer.aspx Provides links to information about insurance, plus many other topics.
Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. 860-456-7790 http://www.medicareadvocacy.org Non-profit organization that helps elders and people with disabilities obtain necessary healthcare.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 800-633-4227 http://www.cms.gov Information about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998.
Coalition of National Cooperative Cancer Groups, Inc. 877-520-4457 http://www.cancertrialshelp.org From home page, choose “Search for Trials” and click “Breast Cancer” on the questionaire.  Gives information about insurance coverage and clinical trials.
Health Insurance Association of America. 202-778-3200 http://www.ahip.org Offers guides that explain different types of insurance.  From home page, choose “Consumer Information” on left then “Consumer Guides.”
Institute for Health Care Research & Policy of Georgetown University
http://www.healthinsuranceinfo.net Consumer guides on how to get and keep health insurance.
National Cancer Institute 800-422-6237 http://www.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/support Has information on insurance coverage for clinical trials.
National Partnership for Women and Families 202-986-2600 http:www.nationalpartnership.org Gives information about Family and Medical Leave Act.  Under “Issues & Campaigns” click on “Work & Family” and then click “FMLA” .
Patient Advocate Foundation (800) 532-5274 http://www.patientadvocate.org/resources.php  Foundation seeks to empower patients to take control of their health care. Case managers work with patients to discover local, state, and federal programs that provide assistance for their individual needs. PAF has produced six major publications, several informational brochures, and several special sections devoted to certain health related topics to assist in this goal.
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 877-465-6636 http://www.komen.org Gives information on types of insurance, how to evaluate coverage, and how to obtain or keep insurance.
The BreastCareSite.Com http://www.thebreastcaresite.com From home page, choose “Quality of Life” then “Insurance & Legal.”  Gives information on insurance for post-mastectomy breast health and products.
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) 1-800-552-3402 http://www.shiptalk.org Free counseling service for individuals on Medicare.
National Insurance Consumer Helpline 1-800-942-4242 Free helpline for consumers with issues or questions dealing with insurance.
Insurance Information Institute http://www.iii.org/ Provides information about the insurance industry.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance 1-888-4PPA-NOW (477-2669) http://www.pparx.org Call to receive a free guide on pharmaceutical assistance programs or check website to search for programs.
Virginia State Corporation Commission Bureau of Insurance 800-522-7945 http://www.scc.virginia.gov/boi/ Provides free professional information and complaint services to all residents of Virginia regarding services received from insurance companies and insurance agencies.
American Childhood Cancer Organization 855-858-2226 http://www.acco.org Addresses the needs of families through programs that emphasize information, advocacy, awareness, and research.
Cancer Care, INC. 800-813-4673 http://www.cancercare.org Provides professional social work support free of charge, and based on need, financial assistance for transportation, home health care, and childcare.

Legal Resources

Organization Phone Website Details
American Bar Association Breast Cancer Task Force 312-988-5824 http://www.americanbar.org/groups/health_law/breast_cancer_task_force.html Offers listing of pro bono (free) legal referral services, steps to protecting legal rights, and other helpful information.
American Cancer Society 800-ACS-2345 http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MIT/mit_3.asp Provides information on rights as a patient, what to expect from employers, and how to handle insurance issues. Also states Patient’s Bill of Rights.
FindLaw http://www.findlaw.com Provides links to laws’ codes, statutes, and regulations at federal and state level, plus recent news regarding laws.
Job Accommodation Network, a free service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy 800-526-7234 http://janweb.icdi.wvu.edu Offers a free consulting service with information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the employment of people with disabilities.
Legal Information Network for Cancer, a non-profit organization. 877-644-LINC http://www.cancerlinc.org LINC provides information, education, counseling and referral services for legal assistance to those facing cancer.
National Partnership for Women and Families 202-986-2600 http://www.nationalpartnership.org Gives information about Family and Medical Leave Act. Under “Issues & Campaigns”, click “Work & Family”, and then click “FMLA”.
Patient Advocate Foundation 800-532-5274 http://www.patientadvocate.org Foundation has case managers that help patients discover federal, state and local programs to meet their needs.
Cancer Survival Toolbox offered by the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship http://canceradvocacy.org/toolbox A free self-learning audio program to help people develop important skills to better meet and understand the challenges of their illness.
Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. 860-456-7790 http://www.medicareadvocacy.org Non-profit organization that helps elders and people with disabilities obtain necessary healthcare.
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion 800-232-4636 http://www.cdc.gov/ From home page, select “Diseases & Conditions”, select “Cancer”.  Has searchable database of cancer-related legislation, special legislative reports, and more.
Cancer Legal Resource Center 866-843-2572 www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org Community-based joint program of the Disabilities Legal Resource Center and Loyola Law School providing free and confidential information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to people with cancer, their families, friends, and health care professionals.