Susan G. Komen® funds various programs that in turn help those facing financial challenges such as paying for medication and getting transportation to and from treatment, among others. The funding that Komen provides to these organizations bridges the gap for medically underserved individuals who are actively undergoing breast cancer treatment. Two of the organizations that Komen supports are below. Call Komen’s breast care helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) .
Founded in 1944, CancerCare® is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer. Linking A.R.M.S.™ (Assistance & Resources Made Simple) is dedicated to providing financial assistance, education and support services to low-income, under- or uninsured breast cancer survivors. Susan G. Komen® is the sole funder of the Linking A.R.M.S.™ program
Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) was established in 1996 as a national 501(c)3 organization with a mission of “safeguarding patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability.” The Patient Advocate Foundation offers two treatment assistance programs.
- For patients diagnosed with breast cancer, the PAF Co-Pay Relief Program, provides direct financial assistance to insured patients who meet certain qualifications to help them pay for the prescriptions and/or treatments they need. This assistance helps patients afford the out-of-pocket costs for these items that their insurance companies require.
- The PAF/Komen Treatment Assistance Program Financial Aid Fund is a onetime $300 grant which is available to provide assistance with certain non-medical expenses incurred by breast cancer patients. Qualified patients must have a diagnosis of breast cancer within the past two years and the diagnosis must be verified by a physician.
To learn more about these programs and other helpful resources, call Komen’s breast care helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) . When you call, you will speak with trained and caring staff that can help navigate you through breast cancer information as well as help you find resources.