Offsetting Patient Costs Resources

CHAMPS has developed this compilation of resources to support Region VIII health centers and their patients in offsetting the costs of preventative care and treatment.  If you utilize a resource appropriate for health center staff that is not listed on these webpages, please contact the CHAMPS Clinical Quality Improvement Director.

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Condition-Specific Assistance Resources

Breast Cancer Resources
Cervical Cancer Resources
Colorectal Cancer Resources
Diabetes Resources
HIV/AIDS Resources
Hypertension Resources

Immunization Resources
Medicaid/Medicare Resources
Medical Device Assistance Resources
Prescription Assistance Resources
Select Social Determinants of Health Resources
Other Helpful Resources

CONDITION-SPECIFIC ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

BREAST CANCER RESOURCES

American Cancer Society
www.cancer.org/treatment/finding-and-paying-for-treatment.html
Discusses practical aspects of starting cancer treatment, including finding the right health care team, dealing with financial and insurance challenges, and locating support services in your community

BreastCancer.Org
www.breastcancer.org/tips/paying
Tips on paying for breast cancer treatment, including working with your provider to reduce costs, managing your health insurance, clinical trials, living expenses assistance, tax deductions, and more

CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation
www.cancercare.org/copayfoundation
Helps individuals with cancer afford co-payments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment drugs

CancerCare Financial Assistance Program
www.cancercare.org/financial
Offers limited financial assistance for non-medical cancer-related costs such as transportation and child care

The Catherine Fund Grant Program
https://catherinefund.org/Get-Help.html
Provides financial aid grants for basic life necessities to individuals who are unable to work and are struggling financially as a result of their breast cancer treatment

Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Fund
www.copays.org/resources/breast.php
Provides medication assistance of up to $5,000 per year to insured low-income U.S. residents with breast cancer

The Pink Fund
www.pinkfund.org/
Covers 90 days of non-medical cost-of-living expenses to breast cancer patients in active treatment

Social Security Administration Compassionate Allowances
www.ssa.gov/compassionateallowances/
Provides information about how individuals with specific types of cancer, including metastatic breast cancer, can qualify and apply for expedited disability benefits

Susan G. Komen Financial Assistance Resources
https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/FinancialResources.html
Provides information about finding financial assistance resources, including those related to insurance, medical costs, transportation, lodging, child and elder care, and clinical trials, and the Komen Treatment Assistance Fund

Young Survival Coalition
www.youngsurvival.org/learn/living-with-breast-cancer/practical-concerns/financial-assistance
Provides information on financial assistance programs for young women with breast cancer

State-Specific Breast Cancer Resources

Colorado
Colorado Cancer Coalition
www.coloradocancercoalition.org
A statewide collaborative working to eliminate the burden of cancer in Colorado

Women’s Wellness Connection
www.colorado.gov/cdphe/womens-wellness-connection
Provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and heart health tests to qualifying women at participating WISEWOMAN clinics in Colorado

Montana
Montana Cancer Screening Services
http://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/Cancer/CancerScreening
Provides mammograms, clinical breast exams, Pap tests and pelvic exams to qualifying Montana women

South Dakota
South Dakota All Women Count Program
http://getscreened.sd.gov/count
Provides free or reduced-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings to South Dakota women

Wyoming
Wyoming Cancer Coalition
http://fightcancerwy.com
Provides free breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings to qualifying low-income Wyoming residents

Wyoming Cancer Resource Services
www.wyhc.org/wyoming-cancer-resource-services
Provides Wyoming communities with cancer prevention and control services, including patient referrals to state-funded cancer screening programs

CERVICAL CANCER RESOURCES

American Cancer Society
www.cancer.org/treatment/finding-and-paying-for-treatment.html
Discusses practical aspects of starting cancer treatment, including finding the right health care team, dealing with financial and insurance challenges, and locating support services in your community

CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation
www.cancercare.org/copayfoundation
Helps individuals with cancer afford co-payments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment drugs

CancerCare Financial Assistance Program
www.cancercare.org/financial
Offers limited financial assistance for non-medical cancer-related costs such as transportation and child care

State-Specific Cervical Cancer Resources

Colorado
Colorado Cancer Coalition
www.coloradocancercoalition.org
A statewide collaborative working to eliminate the burden of cancer in Colorado

Women’s Wellness Connection
www.colorado.gov/cdphe/womens-wellness-connection
Provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and heart health tests to qualifying women at participating WISEWOMAN clinics in Colorado

Montana
Montana Cancer Screening Services
http://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/Cancer/CancerScreening
Provides mammograms, clinical breast exams, Pap tests and pelvic exams to qualifying Montana women

South Dakota
South Dakota All Women Count Program
http://getscreened.sd.gov/count
Provides free or reduced-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings to South Dakota women

Wyoming
Wyoming Cancer Coalition
http://fightcancerwy.com
Provides free breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings to qualifying low-income Wyoming residents

Wyoming Cancer Resource Services
www.wyhc.org/wyoming-cancer-resource-services
Provides Wyoming communities with cancer prevention and control services, including patient referrals to state-funded cancer screening programs

COLORECTAL CANCER RESOURCES

American Cancer Society
www.cancer.org/treatment/finding-and-paying-for-treatment.html
Discusses practical aspects of starting cancer treatment, including finding the right health care team, dealing with financial and insurance challenges, and locating support services in your community

Blue Hope Financial Assistance
www.ccalliance.org/get-support/screening
Covers the cost of colorectal cancer screening tests and treatment-related expenses for qualifying individuals

CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation
www.cancercare.org/copayfoundation
Helps individuals with cancer afford co-payments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment drugs

CancerCare Financial Assistance Program
www.cancercare.org/financial
Offers limited financial assistance for non-medical cancer-related costs such as transportation and child care

Colorectal Cancer Control Program
www.cdc.gov/cancer/crccp
Helps states and tribes increase colorectal cancer screening rates among individuals aged 50 years and older

Fight Colorectal Cancer
https://fightcolorectalcancer.org/fight/treatment/funding-treatment
List of patient assistance programs for individuals with colorectal cancer

State-Specific Colorectal Cancer Resources

Colorado
Colorado Cancer Coalition
www.coloradocancercoalition.org
A statewide collaborative working to eliminate the burden of cancer in Colorado.

Colorado Colorectal Screening Program
www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/centers/cancercenter/CommunityAndEducation/colorectal/Pages/CCSP.aspx
Provides no-cost colorectal cancer screening tests to qualifying patients at safety-net clinics throughout Colorado

Wyoming
Wyoming Cancer Coalition
http://fightcancerwy.com
Provides free breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings to qualifying low-income Wyoming residents

Wyoming Cancer Resource Services
www.wyhc.org/wyoming-cancer-resource-services
Provides Wyoming communities with cancer prevention and control services, including patient referrals to state-funded cancer screening programs

DIABETES RESOURCES

Abby’s All Stars
www.abbysallstars.org
A nonprofit organization that provides funds to uninsured families to offset the costs of juvenile diabetes

American Diabetes Association
www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/health-insurance/prescription-assistance.html
Lists drug discount programs and databases and patient assistance programs for individuals with diabetes

Lilly Cares Foundation
www.lillycares.com/index.aspx
Assists qualifying patients in obtaining Lilly-brand medications, including insulin, at no cost

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/financial-help-diabetes-care
Provides information on financial assistance opportunities for individuals with diabetes, including detailed information about different types of health insurance and what types of services they cover

Partnership for Prescription Assistance Diabetes Program
www.pparx.org/prescription_assistance_programs/diabetes_programs_supplies
Links to companies and programs that offer discounted insulin, glucose meters, test strips syringes, and other resources for patients with diabetes

HIV/AIDS RESOURCES

HIV.Gov
www.hiv.gov/hiv-basics/staying-in-hiv-care/hiv-treatment/paying-for-hiv-care-and-treatment
Provides information about financial assistance for individuals with HIV, including many federal resources

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program
https://hab.hrsa.gov/about-ryan-white-hivaids-program/about-ryan-white-hivaids-program
Provides primary medical care and essential support services for uninsured and underinsured people living with HIV

State-Specific HIV Resources

Colorado
Colorado AIDS Drug Assistance Program
www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/colorado-aids-drug-assistance-program-adap
Provides AIDS-specific medications to eligible Colorado residents

Montana
Montana AIDS Drug Assistance Program
http://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/hivstd/treatmentprogram.aspx
Provides AIDS-specific medications to eligible Montana residents

HYPERTENSION RESOURCES

American Heart Association
www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/CardiacRehab/Medicine-Assistance-Programs_UCM_307071_Article.jsp#
Provides information about programs and companies that offer discounted or free hypertension medications

Pulmonary Hypertension Association
https://phassociation.org/patients/insurance/financial-assistance
Provides information about financial assistance programs for qualifying patients with hypertension

IMMUNIZATION RESOURCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccine Information for Adults: How to Pay for Vaccines
www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/pay-for-vaccines.html
Provides information about the types of adult vaccines typically covered by different types of health insurance, including private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid

Vaccines for Children Program
www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/index.html
Federal program providing free vaccines to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated due to inability to pay

State-Specific Immunization Resources

Colorado
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/find-your-local-public-health-agency
Provides information, data, and resources about vaccination access in Colorado

Montana
Montana Immunization Program
http://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/Immunization
Provides information about Montana-specific vaccination resources for patients and providers

North Dakota
North Dakota Immunization Program
www.ndhealth.gov/immunize
Outlines resources and information on vaccination access programs in North Dakota

South Dakota
State of South Dakota Department of Health Immunization Program
https://doh.sd.gov/family/childhood/immunization
Provides materials, training, and support to immunization providers and patients in South Dakota

Utah
Immunize Utah
www.immunize-utah.org
Provides information about Utah-specific vaccination locations, statistics, and more

Wyoming
Wyoming Immunization Unit
https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/immunization
Supports and promotes immunization services available across Wyoming

MEDICAID/MEDICARE RESOURCES

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
http://cms.hhs.gov
CMS covers 100 million people through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Health Insurance Marketplace

Medicaid Information Resource
www.cms.gov/home/medicaid.asp
Provides news updates, federal policy guidelines, application assistance, and other Medicaid-related resources

Medicare
www.medicare.gov
Provides information for patients about plans, costs, local healthcare providers, health management, and more

National Health Law Program (NHeLP)
www.healthlaw.org
Provides legal information about health care policy issues, including health care reform, disability rights, reproductive health, and more

Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/ltss/pace/index.html
Provides comprehensive medical and social services to frail, community-dwelling elderly individuals who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare benefits

Social Security Online
www.socialsecurity.gov
Provides information about social security cards, benefits, disability services, and assistance with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan costs

MEDICAL DEVICE RESOURCES

Amputee Coalition
www.amputee-coalition.org/limb-loss-resource-center/resources-by-state
Searchable map of frequently requested resources for amputees, including prosthetics assistance

Glucometers
Bayer will provide a limited number of free Glucometers for patients without insurance; the following are alternative resources for test strips
www.medplususa.com
www.walgreens.com

Kids Mobility Network
www.kidsmobility.org/
Nonprofit organization providing children with disabilities with medical equipment including wheelchairs and walkers

Limbs for Life Foundation
http://limbsforlife.org/get-help/
Provides payment for lower limb prosthetic care for low-income amputees

Muscular Dystrophy Association National Equipment Assistance Program
www.mda.org/services/equipment-assistance
Helps provide good-condition, gently used wheelchairs and other medical equipment, such as shower chairs, hospital beds, walkers, canes, and communication devices

Project C.U.R.E.
https://projectcure.org/programs/procure
Delivers donated medical supplies and equipment to severely resource-limited communities

The Wheelchair Project
http://lifenets.org/programs/wheelchairs
Matches donated wheelchairs with patients in need at no cost; recipients are asked to arrange for chair pickup or to pay shipping charges when necessary

State-Specific Medical Device Resources

Colorado
Good Health Will
www.goodhealthwill.org
Nonprofit health and medical outfitter that accepts donated medical equipment and supplies and provides them to the public at a reduced cost; located in Loveland, Greeley, and Denver, Colorado
Hospital Equipment Lending Project (HELP)
www.assistanceleague.org/denver/hospital-equipment-lending-equipment-project-help
Provides hospital equipment to patients undergoing in-home rehabilitation at no charge in the Denver, Colorado area
Medical Equipment Loan Closet
https://disabledresourceservices.org/programs-services/loan-closet
Provides low-cost medical equipment rentals for patients in need of temporary (one year or less) assistance; located in Loveland and Fort Collins, Colorado
University of Colorado Assistive Technology Partners
www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/Engineering/research/AssistiveTechnologyPartners/Pages/Home.aspx
Provides assistive technology, clinical services, education, and more to individuals with disabilities living in Colorado

Montana
MonTECH
http://montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu
Provides technology, support, and other services to Montanans with disabilities

North Dakota
Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization (HERO)
www.herofargo.com
Collects and redistributes donated healthcare supplies to patients in need; located in Fargo, North Dakota
North Dakota Assistive
http://ndipat.org
Nonprofit providing North Dakotans with assistive technology; offers equipment rental, exchange, and donation, as well as consultations and training 

South Dakota
DakotaLink Equipment Exchange
www.sd.at4all.com
Reuses and recycles durable medical equipment and other Assistive Technology Devices; located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Utah
Utah Assistive Technology Program
www.uatpat.org
Serves people with disabilities in Utah by providing assistive technology devices and services, and by providing training and education to students, parents, children, and professionals
Utah Center for Assistive Technology
www.usor.utah.gov/ucat
Statewide resource providing information and technical services to help people with disabilities acquire and use assistive technology; offers free evaluations to individuals in Utah

Wyoming
Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources
www.uwyo.edu/wind/watr
Provides Wyomingites with assistive technology devices and other solutions to enhance independent living

PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

AmeriCares
http://usaccess.americares.org
Provides free medicines and supplies to health care organizations that work with low-income populations in the United States

HRSA 340B Drug Pricing Program & Pharmacy Affairs
www.hrsa.gov/opa
Federal program enabling safety-net clinics to provide significantly reduced-cost drugs to their patients

Lilly Cares Foundation
www.lillycares.com/index.aspx
Assists qualifying patients in obtaining Lilly-brand medications, including insulin, at no cost

Needy Meds
www.needymeds.com
Nonprofit information resource that helps patients locate assistance programs to afford medications and other healthcare costs; available as a free mobile app

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
www.pparx.org
Matches patients with assistance programs using a medicine-based search; also assists patients in locating local free and low-cost clinics

Rx Hope
www.rxhope.com
Directory that assists patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers in finding patient medication assistance programs

Rx Outreach
www.rxoutreach.org
http://rxoutreach.org/es
Nonprofit pharmacy offering affordable medications; available in English and Spanish

Volunteers in Healthcare RxAssist
www.rxassist.org
Comprehensive directory of patient medication assistance programs

State-Specific Prescription Assistance Resources

Montana
Big Sky Rx Program
http://dphhs.mt.gov/MontanaHealthcarePrograms/BigSky.aspx
Assists Medicare patients in Montana pay Medicare-approved prescription drug insurance premiums

Wyoming
Wyoming Medication Donation Program
https://health.wyo.gov/healthcarefin/medicationdonation
Re-dispenses acceptable donated medications to Wyoming residents who lack adequate prescription coverage

SELECT SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH RESOURCES

Federal Food Assistance Programs
www.nutrition.gov/subject/food-assistance-programs
List of federal programs providing food assistance to low-income families and individuals

Four Strategies for Exercising if You Live in a Low-Income Neighborhood
https://health.usnews.com/wellness/fitness/articles/2017-02-27/4-strategies-for-exercising-if-you-live-in-a-low-income-neighborhood
Article outlining ways to participate in affordable physical activities at home and in the community

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
www.acf.hhs.gov/ocs/programs/liheap
Assists low income families in meeting their energy needs

United Way’s 2-1-1 Program
www.unitedway.org/our-impact/featured-programs/2-1-1
Free and confidential service helping people across North America find local community assistance resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES

Direct Relief 
www.directrelief.org/usa
Direct Relief operates the largest charitable medicine program in the United States

MedicAlert Foundation
www.medicalert.org
Provides a MedicAlert membership and basic stainless steel MedicAlert ID for individuals unable to afford the cost; call 800-432-5378 to request an application

National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
http://medical-legalpartnership.org
Helps health organizations leverage legal expertise and services to better address communities’ health-related social needs

National Institutes of Health Clinical Research Trials
www.nih.gov/health-information/nih-clinical-research-trials-you
Explains the basics of clinical trials, such as how to find and apply for an appropriate trial

Patient Advocate Foundation
www.patientadvocate.org
Provides patients with arbitration, mediation, and negotiation to settle issues of access to care, medical debt, and job retention related to their health condition

United Network for Organ Sharing
www.transplantliving.org/before-the-transplant/financing-a-transplant/funding-sources
Provides information about funding sources for individuals in need of organ transplants