Financial assistance is available for major cancer screenings
If your health insurer denies coverage of recommended screenings, visit our Health Insurance Appeals page for guidance and resources.
Many hospitals and oncology practices have nurse navigators, social workers or financial counselors who can help identify financial assistance and other resources.
Breast Cancer Screening
- American Breast Cancer Foundation’s Breast Cancer Assistance Program provides aid for breast cancer screenings and diagnostic tests for uninsured and underserved individuals, regardless of age or gender.
- National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) provides low-income, uninsured and underinsured women with access to breast screenings (including MRIs for high-risk women in some states) and diagnostic services.
Colon Cancer Screening
- Blue Hope Financial Assistance will cover the cost of a screening test or a $300 one-time financial stipend to help cover screening-related expenses
- ColonoscopyAssist provides cash stipends paid towards the cost of colonoscopy, free bowel preparation medicine and an interest-free payment plan for patients facing financial hardship.
General Cancer Screening
- Federally qualified health centers (“Community Health Centers”) are a resource for anyone who needs financial assistance with their health and preventive care.
- Hill-Burton facilities provide free or reduced-cost health services not covered by a government program such as Medicare or Medicaid to those with limited income.
- Medicare Rights Center is a national nonprofit organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for people with Medicare.
- Patient Advocate Foundation provides case managers who help identify financial assistance programs and resources.
- Planned Parenthood provides a variety of services including breast exams, pelvic exams, cancer screenings and more, whether or not you have insurance.
- Many state and local health departments provide free or low-cost cancer screenings to residents with limited income.