• no health insurance

    Asked by teaberry on Thursday, March 28, 2013

    no health insurance

    I do not know where to apply or go for assistance. I seem to fall throught all of the cracks. too much money for state, too much money for county, federal stopped taking apps. I have pre existing and had to wait 6 months to apply and now they aren't taking any applications! My first appointment with a surgeon is tomorrow the 29th of March and they have called and have doubts about what I am going to do even before I find out details about what my pathology report says! I found out by phone of Friday the 22 that the biopsy of 2 lumps in my right breast are positive. That's it! I am so stressed and it seems every where I turn for info or help in medical I am hitting a wall. can someone please help

    13 Answers from the Community

    13 answers
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Teaberry,
      Try the resources from needymeds.org or patientadvocate.org. You should be able to find assistance there, Carm RN.

      about 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar
      leepenn

      I have no answers for you, but I wish to send you a huge virtual hug. I cannot even begin to imagine how stressful that must be for you! I'm so sorry!

      about 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      Contact the AMC in your area....also contact Komen...they might know of resources in your area who can help....

      about 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Speak with a social worker at the cancer center where you are being treated they maybe able to help. Here's a link that has contact information for organizations that offer help.
      https://www.pparx.org/en/prescription_assistance_programs/co-payment_programs#CC

      about 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      I'm sorry that you are in that situation. I would try asking locally at a local cancer center first, whether they are aware of any resources. They may already have a way to connect you with those resources.

      The Lustgarten Foundation is for pancreatic cancer, but they also have a list of links on their website that could be used by anyone-- http://www.lustgarten.org/patientmedicalexpenses

      If you're still at a loss, I would try contacting the National Cancer Institute www.cancer.gov to ask them, or the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org

      I would also seek out organizations that relate specifically to your type of cancer, that may be aware of resources no one else has thought about.

      about 4 years ago
    • teaberry's Avatar
      teaberry

      Thank you everyone! I will check into all of your suggestions. My first appointment with a surgeon is tomorrow afternoon. I will be a cash pay for this appt. but at least I will have a better understanding of a possible treatment plan.

      about 4 years ago
    • Roses1018's Avatar
      Roses1018

      Try the American Cancer Society and Susan Komen they have Grants to help. search for local breast cancer groups, in Kentucky we have the Pink Connection. Also ask your doctor and hospital for discounts. If you go to a non profit hospital by law they have programs to help with finances. You just have to ask them. Also most hospital give a 40 percent discount for people you have to self pay. If you have someone to help with contacting the hospital, doctors or organization use them as at first I could not even think straight with so much info being given to me. Get a notebook to write things down and questions to ask helped a lot. I will search for other options for you and will let you know what I find.

      about 4 years ago
    • Roses1018's Avatar
      Roses1018

      Also keep track of everything you pay for as you might need this as a maxim for certain help. They might want you to pay a certain amount then they will pick up the rest.

      about 4 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar
      princess123

      You might also check with the hospital in your area. Sometimes hospitals have programs for the uninsured. Mine did. It helped until I was put on Medicaid, which they also did. Good Luck.

      about 4 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar
      SandiD

      http://cancercarecopay.org/ This seems to be a good site. Your Oncologist will be associated with a Social Worker. Definitely get in contact with the person. They can direct you and so can your hospital's Financial Aid office. Good luck to you.

      about 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      Had similar thing. Was laid one year before diagnosis..on Cobra, with about 6 months to go and looking at the next year of treatment. No way to get my own insurance at that point. The Social Worker at our hospital told me of a state program for Breast and Cervical Cancers. It was Medicaid for a year and now they have me on United Health Care Community. Depends on the state of course, but the Social workers have heard and handle this before. Best of luck and hugs to you

      about 4 years ago
    • Roses1018's Avatar
      Roses1018

      Wanted to see how you are doing and how your appointment went with the surgeon?

      about 4 years ago
    • teaberry's Avatar
      teaberry

      I met with a surgeon Friday 29. 2 hours! painted every scenario which was good. but... no decisions can be made until I get an MRI. The decision in treatment depends on so many factors! The MRI will show intricate cancer cells and traces. Is it effecting the left breast? Has it spread into the chest cavity? Any more in the right breast? Learned about radiation, chemotherapy, lymph nodes! MRI is tomorrow. Desert Cancer Foundation is paying for this in full. I emailed them with my dilema and was answered promptly. I met with county health system today and am covered for alot with reduced cost but need to use their doctors, hospital choice, etc.. that's ok with me but the process is starting all over cause I have to see an ob gyn of theirs tomorrow then he will refer to surgeon, then he will refer to oncologist etc... time consuming! I have all of my films with me to save time. and hopefully will have fast results with MRI.

      about 4 years ago

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