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Patient Access Network Foundation
The PAN Foundation helps patients with certain cancers find financial assistance programs.
FAQS ABOUT AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IMPLEMENTATION (PART XII)
Released by the Department of Labor, page 4 of this document clarifies that insurance companies must pay for both genetic counseling and genetic testing without any cost-sharing (no cost-sharing, no copays) for women who meet the United States Preventive Services Task Force guidelines for genetic risk assessment.
The Cancer Resource Foundation
This foundation offers co-pay assistance for cancer genetic testing.
Patient Advocate Foundation
A national nonprofit organization that serves as an active liaison between patient and their insurer, employer and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job discrimination and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis through case managers, doctors and attorneys.
Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) at CMS
This is the agency consumers can contact for help when they feel they have been inappropriately denied services or were inappropriately charged a co-pay or deductible counter to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. They run a helpline:
Direct: (410) 786-1565
Toll free: (887) 267-2323 ext. 6-1565
or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lynne Cohen Cancer Screening & Prevention Project for High Risk Women Bellevue Hospital Center/NYU Cancer Institute
This program makes a special effort to provide excellent medical care to uninsured, underserved minority women from communities that have traditionally had fewer medical services available.
Medicare coverage criteria for genetic testing
This site lists guidelines for BRCA testing under Medicare.
Myriad reimbursement assistance program
Myriad has a financial assistance program for insured individuals who meet their criteria.
National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)
CDC's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) provides access to breast and cervical cancer screening services to underserved women in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 5 U.S. territories, and 12 tribes.
National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship
Includes a page on finding financial help for cancer treatment.
Patient Services Incorporated program for MRI for high-risk women
This program offers financial assistance program to help young women who are at high risk for breast cancer gain access to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) screening. The program pays for women 45 years of age or younger with a family history of breast cancer or have tested positive for a BRCA mutation. Any woman meeting these criteria is qualified to apply, regardless of her insurance status.