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    rachael67 posted:
    Here are some places to check when money is tight and you need assistance:

    To begin with, please check out the "Tip" for suggestions of places to assist with presciptions, etc.

    Never hesitate to dicker with the doctors, etc. Health-care providers know that times can be very difficult money-wise, so do ask. The worst they can say is "no" and they might be able to help. If you don't want to speak directly with the physician, talk to someone in the billing department. Sometimes they will reduce the bill if you pay in cash and not wait to be billed.

    Depending on the area of the country you live in, many places offer help to their citizens. For instance, Dallas has and Hannibal, MO has a group called "Pinkie Pals" who offer financial assistance. Ask around.

    Are you a veteran? If so, you can qualify for Veteran's Health Benefits and go to the Veteran's Hospital.

    If insurance is too expensive, there are some that are lower cost. lets you compare plans.

    Check with Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security as well as Family and Medical Leave Act and see what options you may have with them.

    Check with (1-800-822-6507) or the American Cancer Society or the Susan G. Komen Foundation as they might be able to help or to direct you.

    Web sites and phone numbers for various patient advocate organizations can be found at: The Center For Patient Advocacy, The Patient Advocate Foundation, The National Insurance Consumer Helpline (1-800-942-4242) and check with your local hospital Patient Advocate/Social Worker.

    Type "breast care financial help" into your search engine.

    When you are in a war with the beast, you certainly don't need to deal with one on another front such as finances!

    Anyone who can add to this list, please do so!!
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