Circle of Hope pays breast cancer medical bills directly to the medical providers. These services may include dental (chemo issues), specific breast cancer medical bills, breast cancer treatment prescriptions, and some mastectomy products.
Daily living expenses are paid directly to the providers of the services, not the patient. This could include rent, a house payment, or even a utility bill. The patient needs to submit the bills when there are funds available, and the application has been sent to them.
All donated money is “Donor Specific,”and Circle of Hope must follow donor wishes.
Applications are filled out by the patient and the medical providers in most cases.
The only thing that patients receive are gas and grocery cards from Circle of Hope. These are sent certified mail.
Everything is needed based on various financial criteria. Patients are often in poverty and or in financial distress.
Each case is looked at individually. No one individual makes the decision.
Hippa rules are followed. The board votes anonymously on details that are selected from applications except for hospital referrals.
Circle of Hope has paid out to help breast cancer patients over $109,000.00 in three years.
Not everyone applies to Circle of Hope or even their Medical Provider. There aee various reason that patients do not fill out the paper work. Some patients want to make their own decisions. Maybe that is why some folks won’t even apply for a car loan, they hate the paper work involved. Others have a benefit and want to be in charge for their healing process.
Some patients even blame their provider for not picking up their cancer early enough. Grief occurs in many forms. The most important factor is that they work through their grief in a healthy, healing way.
Circle of Hope asks Patients first to apply to their provider after insurance is processed. Most providers want this step to happen. It does not mean that if they do not qualify through the hospital programs that Circle of Hope will not help them. Every case is unique.
Some patients need to raise a lot of money because they have high house payments, many house payments, child care expenses etc. There are so many reasons, and we do not know all of the reasons.
Some patients have needs that are not covered by Circle of Hope and even Their Medical Provider. For exampe, Circle of Hope does not cover car payments, car insurance, motorcycle payment, boat payment, cabin payments, cell phones, etc. I don’t know of anyone who does pay for these items.
Hospitals pay gas and grocery cards but they do not cover other expenses. These are usually $100.00 cards and take up to two weeks to receive typically.
Some cancer centers around the state do not have any Community Care Financial Help for patients medical bills. They do not write the bills off with CARDON. In fact, the patients are in extreme debt and are often turned into collection. All cancer patients can apply through their hospitals/clinics for this program.
Some patients will NOT quality because of high income and high assets, etc. They may have assets that they can sell off. Others don’t have a thing to sell. They are struggling to eat. Patients need to make sure when they fill out a Community Care/ Financial form (Name varies at their medical facility) first. They should put how long they have been out of work . This is really a true determinate of your true income. As we all know it takes a long while to get caught up when you are sick. Your bills just keep coming at you because you can’t work, you get that eviction notice from not paying your rent, and you know are in trouble.
There is no hard fast rule. Each patient has a different situation. Some have very aggressive cancers. Some patients can work while going through treatment. Others just have surgery and do nothing else.
Circle of Hope does many other things for breast cancer patients as well. For example, they send out feel good, education, prayer boxes, etc. They have given out items for benefits and helped with benefits. They have had tables at benefits.
Circle of Hope sends out educational boxes to gynecological cancer patients, as they have educational resources.
Circle of Hope has teams: dragon boat, bowling, golf, jumping, etc.
They collect knitted chemo caps and put their biz card in them and give them to cancer centers.
Circle of Hope has at least 1 private pink party per year for all breast cancer patients that are invited.
Circle of Hope does health fairs as well.
Circle of Hope gets calls all the time from other patients and cancer patients from various places in the United States. They only provide financial help to breast cancer patients. They send out educational material to breast and gynecological cancer patients. The reason for this as some breast and gynecological cancers are genetic.
Other patients should ask their clinic/hospital/cancer center what financial resources are available. They can ask for county assistance as well through social services.