Cancer Resources

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RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS WITH CANCER AND THEIR FAMILIES

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Resource Page:

http://www.chp.edu/our-services/cancer/survivorship-clinic/resources

 

FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN’S CANCER

Very extensive resource page:

http://www.foundationforwomenscancer.org/resources/

 

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
320 Bilmar Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Cancer Helpline at 800.227.2345
www.cancer.org

“Whether you want to learn about treatment options, get advice on coping with side effects, or have questions about health insurance, we’re here to help. We can even find you a free ride to treatment or a free place to stay when treatment is far from home.”

HEALTHY WOMAN PROGRAM

What is the HealthyWoman Program?

The HealthyWoman Program is a free breast and cervical cancer early detection program of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. It is funded by the Department of Health and through a grant the department receives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What services can I receive through the HealthyWoman Program?

Free services for those meeting the eligibility standards include:

  • Clinical breast examination;
  • Mammogram;
  • Pelvic examination and Pap smear; and
  • Follow-up diagnostic tests for an abnormal screening result.

How do I know if I’m eligible?  

  1. Age:   Breast screening and diagnostics – Women 40 through 64

Cervical screening and diagnostics – Women 21 through 64

NOTE: Younger women may be eligible if they have symptoms. You may be eligible if you are 65 or older and do not have Medicare Part B.

Transgender individuals may also be eligible.

  1. Residency:  A woman must live in Pennsylvania.
  2. Income:  A woman is eligible for the HealthyWoman if her family’s gross household income is at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty annual guideline.
2017 Federal Poverty Income Guidelines at

250 Percent of Poverty

Family Size Gross Monthly Income Annual Income
     
1 $2513 $ 30,150
2 3384    40,600
3 4,255    51,050
4 5,125   61,500
5 5,996   71,950
6 6,867   82,400
7 7,738   92,850
8 8,609 103,300
Each additional person   871   10,450

 

  1. Insurance status:   A woman must be uninsured or underinsured

An underinsured woman is one who has health insurance, but it does not cover the breast or cervical diagnostic services offered by HWP or who is financially unable to pay any required deductible or co-payment.

A woman enrolled in Medicare Part B or Medicaid is not eligible.

Call the HealthyWoman hotline at 1-800-215-7494
In a matter of minutes, you will know if you are eligible.

CANCER CARING CENTER

All services of the Cancer Caring Center are FREE. To request assistance call us at 412-622-1212 or visit the Center at 4117 Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield (across from the Bloomfield Bridge). Our hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our Center is wheelchair accessible.
info@cancercaring.org
www.cancercaring.org

Services:

  • 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 center sponsors Pet Therapy for children who have a family member with cancer, in partnership with Animal Friends
  • Community support groups in the North Hills (UPMC Passavant Hospital), South Hills (St. Clair), Monroeville (AHN Forbes Regional), Cranberry (UMPC Passavant Cranberry) and Johnstown (Murtha Pain Institute)
  • Wellness Programs (Zumba, Hands on Therapy, Gentle Yoga, Art Therapy and Reiki)

OUR CLUBHOUSE
2816 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412.338.1919

Mon:  9:00am – 5:00pm
Tues – Thurs*:  9:00am – 8:00pm
Fri:  9:00am – 12:00pm
Sat (once per month):  9:00am – 3:00pm

*Hours may vary depending on programming, please consult calendar.

“Our Clubhouse is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides free emotional and social support to those touched by cancer in western Pennsylvania.

Those living with cancer at any age, as well as the family and friends who care for them, are welcome to join Our Clubhouse and receive free support.  Click here to learn how you can become a Member or visit our online calendars to see upcoming activities.”

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
(412) 395-2873

www.leukemia-lymphoma.org

Info Support:

Monday – Friday 9 am to 9 pm ET. 1.800.955.4572

Emotional Support Resources:

http://www.lls.org/support-resources

Financial Support:

 

 

 

 

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Health Insurance Options

YWCA
412-255-1471 or 211
YWCAPGH.ORG/HEALTH

YWCA staff can help you apply for Medicaid, CHIP or ACA Marketplace health insurance.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

Consumer Health Coalition at 412-456-1877 can help with filling out medical assistance forms and navigating that system. Pennsylvania Health Law Project has some very useful information on Medical Assistance in their health care guide at www.phlp.org. Call them for legal assistance at 1-800-274-3258.

PHLP also has a quickscreen tool that you can use to estimate eligibility for medical assistance:

http://www.phlp.org/quickscreen

The best way to know if you qualify for medical assistance is to apply. Some programs e.g. Charity Care programs at hospitals, require you to apply for and be turned down for medical assistance before they will consider you for their programs. To apply, call your local County Assistance Office for an application. The Allegheny County Assistance Office can be reached at 412-565-2146. For the phone number for the County Assistance Office in other counties, look in the Blue Pages of your local phone book under “State Government” and then under “Public Welfare Department”.

You can also apply online for medical assistance (as well as food stamps, cash benefits…) through the COMPASS website at:

www.compass.state.pa.us

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES (MAWD)

The MAWD program gives individuals with illness or disability the opportunity to go back to work without fear of losing their health benefits. You can still receive social security and be eligible for the program.

To be eligible you must:

Be between the ages of 16 and 64
Be employed at least one hour per month and receiving compensation
Be mentally, physically, or developmentally disabled (You do not have to receive SSDI)

*Disability here can be defined as having a medical condition that, if left untreated, would interfere with your ability to work.

Earn less than 250% of the Federal Poverty Level – $29,700 per month as a single person in 2016
Have less than $10,000 in resources

You can apply online using the COMPASS website – https://www.humanservices.state.pa.us/compass/CMHOM.aspx or over the phone at the Department of Public Welfare HelpLine at (800) 692-7462.

The Consumer Health Coalition can also help with info or with the application process. 412-456-1877 x200.

CHIP – PA CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM
800-986-KIDS (5437)

http://www.chipcoverspakids.com/

CHIP covers all uninsured kids and teens up to age 19 who are not eligible for Medical Assistance. No family makes too much money for CHIP because there is no income limit. Coverage is free for families that meet income requirements.

HEALTH INSURANCE FOR PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS

Information for consumers on insurance in PA. Terms, tips, etc. You can also file a complaint against a PA insurance provider on this site.

http://www.ins.state.pa.us

HIGHMARK BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD SPECIAL CARE

 1-800-381-7779

Very basic health coverage for those who meet income requirements. Has pre-existing condition clause.

https://www.highmarkblueshield.com/pdffiles/enrollment/income_guidelines_CPA.pdf