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

211 Program
Dial 211 if calling in Virginia | http://www.211virginia.org
Provides help in finding financial assistance, counseling, legal assistance, home health care, transportation and more.

American Breast Cancer Foundation
877-323-4226 | http://www.abcf.org/ABCF-Breast-Cancer-Assistance-Program.htm
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.

Angel Flight
918-749-8992 | http://www.angelflight.com/
Offers air transportation to patients and their family members to specialized medical treatment facilities.

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond
804-285-2011 | http://www.bonsecours.com/patients-and-visitors-financial-assistance.html
Bon Secours 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/financial
Provides information about CancerCare’s and AvonCare’s assistance programs, links for finding assistance, and tips.

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.

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.

Cancer Fund of America
865-938-5281 | http://www.cfoa.org/blog/cancer-links/financial-assistance/
Provides lists of financial assistance organizations that provide for medically indigent cancer patients anywhere in the United States.

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.

Chai Lifeline
877-CHAI-LIFE | http://www.chailifeline.org/programs_category.php?category=hospital
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.

Goodwill of Central VA
804-745-6300 | http://www.goodwillrichmond.org
Provides free medical equipment and supplies.

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/#/diseaseinformation/getinformationsupport/financialmatters/copayassistance/
Provides a limited amount of financial assistance to help patients offset expenses.

Medicare Official Site
800-MEDICARE | http://www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/help-paying-costs/pace/pace.html
The Medicare PACE program financially assists with health coverage needs.

National Cancer Institute
800-422-6237 | http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/financial-legal
Provides information on assistance for clinical trials, different states’ plans, and for cancer care in general.

National Patient Air Transport HELPLINE
1-800-396-1217 | 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.

Official Government Benefits Website
800-333-4636 | http://www.govbenefits.gov
Helps you determine your benefits under the U.S. Government.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
1-888-4PPA-NOW (477-2669) | https://www.pparx.org/prescription_assistance_programs
Call to receive a free guide to pharmaceutical assistance programs or check website to search for programs.

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.

Senior Connections
804-343-3000 | http://www.seniorconnections-va.org/Services/InformationandAssistanceProgram/tabid/61/Default.aspx
Provides senior citizens with assistance with utilities, including gas, electric, phone, and water. For greater Richmond area residents.

Surviving and Moving Forward (The SAMFund)
866-439-9365 | http://www.thesamfund.org
Provides a list of organizations and resources that assist with the offset of financial costs.

Insurance Resources

Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
http://www.oncolink.upenn.edu/resources/index.cfm
Cancer resources for patients and healthcare professionals.

American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession
312-988-5824 | http://www.americanbar.org/groups/health_law/interest_groups/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.

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.

The BreastCareSite.Com
http://www.thebreastcaresite.com
Provides information on insurance for post-mastectomy breast health and products.

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.

Cancer Survival Toolbox offered by the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
http://www.cancersurvivaltoolbox.org/resourceGuideViewer.aspx
Provides information to patients on how to better 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.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
800-633-4227 | http://www.cms.gov
Information about obtaining Medicare health coverage.

Coalition of National Cooperative Cancer Groups, Inc.
877-520-4457 | http://www.cancertrialshelp.org/cancer-trial-search/
Gives information about insurance coverage and clinical trials.

Health Insurance Association of America
202-778-3200 | http://www.ahip.org
Offers guides that explain various types of insurance including: private, Obamacare, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Insurance Information Institute
http://www.iii.org/
Provides information about the insurance industry.

National Cancer Institute
800-422-6237 | http://www.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/support
Provides information on how to cope with symptoms and side effects of cancer.

National Insurance Consumer Helpline
1-800-942-4242
Free helpline for consumers with issues or questions dealing with insurance.

National Partnership for Women and Families
202-986-2600 | http://www.nationalpartnership.org
Gives information about Family and Medical Leave Act.

Patient Advocate Foundation
800-532-5274 | http://www.patientadvocate.org/resources.php
Provides directories and resources to patients in need of healthcare insurance.

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.

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
1-800-552-3402 | http://www.shiptalk.org
Free counseling service for individuals on Medicare.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
877-465-6636 | http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/InternetResources.html
Gives information on types of insurance, how to evaluate coverage, and how to obtain or keep insurance.

Virginia State Corporation Commission Bureau of Insurance
800-522-7945 |
Provides free professional information and complaint services to all residents of Virginia regarding services received from insurance companies and insurance agencies.

Legal Resources

American Bar Association Breast Cancer Task Force
312-988-5824 | http://www.americanbar.org/groups/health_law/interest_groups/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.

Cancer Legal Resource Center
866-843-2572 | http://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.

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.

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 Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
800-232-4636 | http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/
Searchable database of cancer-related legislation, special legislative reports, and more.

National Partnership for Women and Families
202-986-2600 | http://www.nationalpartnership.org/issues/work-family/fmla.html
Provides information on the Family and Medical Leave Act, paid leave, and sick days.

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.

The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to the eradication of breast cancer through education and advocacy.

Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation
5004 Monument Avenue
Suite 102
Henrico, VA 23230

800-345-8223 | 804-285-1200

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