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Treatment Assistance Program
Susan G. Komen® National Capital is proud to offer assistance to those struggling with the financial burden of breast cancer treatment through the Komen National Capital Treatment Assistance Program. This program bridges the gap for underserved individuals who are actively undergoing breast cancer treatment. With this program, we aim to help those who are facing financial challenges by providing limited financial assistance, education and support services to low-income, underinsured or uninsured breast cancer patients throughout the Komen National Capital service area. Financial assistance is available for breast cancer treatment expenses such as:
- oral pain medication,
- anti-nausea medication,
- oral chemotherapy/hormone therapy,
- child care/elder care,
- transportation to and from treatment,
- lymphedema care and supplies, and
- durable medical equipment.
Funding through this program helps patients of any age who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, at any stage of the disease. Financial assistance is granted to patients who meet pre-determined eligibility criteria. To learn more about this program and other helpful resources, call the Komen Breast Care Helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636).
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Komen National Capital Treatment Assistance Program?
The Program is aimed at addressing the costs associated with breast cancer treatment for those in need in our service area. The aim of this program is to provide financial assistance to those in need, so they can adhere to their treatment plan.
What are the eligibility requirements for the Program?
To qualify, individuals must be active in breast cancer treatment and have income at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Line.
What type of assistance does the Program offer?
The Program offers $300 in treatment assistance to eligible breast cancer patients. Funds may be used to cover treatment costs associated with oral pain medication, anti-nausea medication, oral chemotherapy/hormone therapy, child care/elder care, at home care, transportation, lymphedema care and supplies, and durable medical equipment. Transportation is the most commonly-cited need.
Does the Program cover costs associated with breast cancer screenings or diagnostics?
The Program does not cover costs associated with screenings or diagnostics; it only covers costs associated with breast cancer treatment. If you need assistance with screenings or diagnostics, please contact our helpline at 1-877-GO-KOMEN
How often is someone eligible to receive an award from the Program?
Individuals are eligible to receive award funds once every 12 months.
How do I learn more or apply for the Program?
If you are interested in applying, please call 1-877-GO-KOMEN
What is the application process for the Program?
Once you call 1-877-GO-KOMEN and state you are looking for financial assistance for breast cancer treatment, you will be connected with a licensed social worker who will conduct an assessment to determine if you meet the eligibility criteria. You will then be sent documents to verify diagnosis/treatment and income. Once documents are returned, eligibility is confirmed and funds are available, an award packet is typically received within a week.