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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
320 Bilmar Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Phone: (412) 919-1100
Public and professional education through programs, speakers, films, literature and seminars. The Patient Service Dept. may provide assistance with medication costs, transportation, home-care equipment, information and referrals.
HEALTHY WOMAN PROGRAM
Program from the PA Dept of Health. Free services for those meeting the eligibility standards include:
- Clinical breast examination
- Pelvic examination and Pap smear
- Education on breast self-exam
- Follow-up diagnostic care for an abnormal result
Call 1-800-215-7494. In a matter of minutes you will know if you are eligible.
- Professional counseling
- Support groups (including for women with breast cancer and for young adults)
- A telephone helpline
- Live Well With Cancer programs and workshops
- The Jewish Healthcare Foundation Resource library featuring hundreds of books, brochures, audio and video tapes
- Age-specific (2-5, 6-10, 11-13 and 14-16) support for children who have a family member with cancer and age-specific bereavement groups
- Community support groups in the North Hills (Passavant Hospital), South Hills (St. Clair), Monroeville (Forbes Regional), Cranberry (St. Francis Medical Center) and Johnstown (Pitt Johnstown Conference Center)
LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY
THE W PA/W VA CHPT.-GEN. PATIENT SRV.
River Walk Corporate Centre 333 E. Carson Street, Ste, 441
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
“The many challenges of a blood cancer diagnosis include managing your household finances and healthcare insurance, and understanding your rights in the workplace as a cancer survivor or a caregiver.
There are many excellent guides and tools available to assist patients and their families in working through these challenges and determining which resources are available to them. Applying for health insurance or filing health insurance claims can be a full-time job and can be extremely overwhelming to a person undergoing cancer treatment.
Patients can call on volunteers for support to assist them in managing the maze of health insurance claims, keeping organized records and filing appeals if needed. Many people will come forward when a person is diagnosed and ask, “Is there anything I can do to help?” There are many tedious yet important tasks in keeping health insurance claims in order. Passing them off to a trusted relative or friend can reduce an enormous burden for a patient.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Patient Financial Aid Program provides a limited amount of financial assistance to help patients with significant financial need who are under a doctor’s care for a confirmed blood cancer diagnosis.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Co-Pay Assistance Program offers financial support towards the cost of insurance co-payments and/or insurance premium costs for prescription drugs. Patients must qualify both medically and financially for this program.
The LLS has recently reduced its Patient Financial Assistance payment amount from $500 to $150/year. Eligible people should still absolutely apply, but be aware that the payment you may receive has been reduced this year!