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Breast Cancer Assistance Program Frequentley Asked Questions

In order to best use the time and funding made available by our generous supporters, we ask that you please read these Frequently Asked Questions. 

If you have additional questions after reviewing this information, please call us toll free 844-219-ABCF (2223).  Program Specialists are waiting to assist you.       


 

Q:  What is ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program?

A:  A national grant program that provides financial assistance for breast cancer screenings and diagnostic tests for uninsured and underserved individuals, regardless of age or gender.

Q:  What breast cancer screenings and diagnostic tests does ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program provide financial assistance grants for?

A: 

  • Screening Mammogram
  • MRI Screening
  • Diagnostic Mammogram
  • Ultrasound
  • Galactogram/Ductogram
  • Surgical Consultation
  • Biopsy
  • Emergency Treatment

Q:  How much financial assistance is available through ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program to help pay the cost of breast cancer screenings and diagnostic tests?

A: 

  • Screening Mammogram $125.00
    • Screening Mammogram grants are available to applicants that meet the program enrollment qualifications.  ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program helps to pay the cost of the test only.  Radiology reading fees and additional CAD (Computer Aided Detection) fees are not included.
  • MRI Screening $500.00
    • MRI Screening grants are available to applicants that meet the program enrollment qualifications.  These applicants must be able to provide acceptable documentation of having personally tested positive for BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 mutation genes (human genes that produce tumor suppressor proteins).  ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program helps to pay the cost of the test only.  Radiology reading fees and additional CAD (Computer Aided Detection) fees are not included.   
  • Diagnostic Mammogram $200.00
    • Diagnostic Mammogram grants are available to applicants that meet the program enrollment qualifications.  ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program helps to pay the cost of the test only.  Radiology reading fees and additional CAD (Computer Aided Detection) fees are not included.
  • Ultrasound $200.00
    • Ultrasound grants are available to applicants that meet the program enrollment qualifications.  ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program helps to pay the cost of the test only.  Radiology reading fees and additional CAD (Computer Aided Detection) fees are not included.
  • Galactogram/Ductogram $300.00
    • Galactogram/Ductogram grants are available to applicants that meet the program enrollment qualifications.  Specific symptoms are a main determining factor when considering Galactogram/Ductogram assistance and therefore, no applicant is guaranteed approval for this grant.  ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program helps to pay the cost of the test only.  Radiology reading fees and additional CAD (Computer Aided Detection) fees are not included.    
  • Surgical Consultation $125.00
    • Surgical Consultation grants are available to applicants that meet the program enrollment qualifications.  Surgical Consultations are granted upon request and in conjunction with approved biopsy grants.  Surgical Consultations are not granted on a separate/singular basis.  Although granted in conjunction with a biopsy, surgical consultations can be done before or after the biopsy procedure, considering it’s done within the time constraints of the grant voucher.
  • Biopsy $875.00
    • Biopsy grants are available to applicants that meet the program enrollment qualifications.  These applicants must have received a grant voucher for the screening mammogram or diagnostic mammogram or ultrasound that warranted the biopsy.  Biopsies are granted on an emergency needs basis in which many determining factors are considered.  No applicant is guaranteed approval for this grant.  ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program helps to pay the cost of the procedure only.  Radiology reading fees, additional CAD (Computer Aided Detection) fees, pathology fees, anesthesia fees, supply fees, etc. are not included.     
  • Emergency Treatment $1,000.00
    • Emergency Treatment grants are available to applicants that meet the program enrollment qualifications.  These applicants must have been diagnosed with breast cancer through a biopsy grant.  An Emergency Treatment grant helps to pay the cost of 1 of 3 treatment options (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery).  All fees associated with the actual surgery, chemotherapy or radiation treatments can be included up to the grant award amount.     

Q:  Who can apply to ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program and what are the qualifications?

A:  Anyone that is a United States resident, uninsured and underserved can apply to ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program.  The determining qualification for the program is based on the total household income of an applicant.  Federal poverty guidelines and an undisclosed percentage that ABCF extends over those guidelines are also considered.  Almost everyone who is uninsured and underserved qualifies for ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program. 

Q:  How does someone apply to ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program?

A:   To seek assistance from ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program, applicants themselves must contact the toll free number, 844-219-ABCF (2223) to speak with a Program Specialist and complete the prescreening process.  The prescreening process is important in determining whether an applicant qualifies for the program and for this reason program applications are not available for download online.  During the prescreening process, geographical information as well as health and income information is gathered and an application packet is mailed to the applicant the next business day.  The application packet is to be completed and returned to the program for submission.  Please be advised that ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 9:00a-4:00p and Fri. 9:00a-12:00p EST. (ABCF’S OFFICES ARE CLOSED MOST MAJOR HOLIDAYS)

Q:  What if the applicant does not speak English?

A:  Bilingual Program Specialist’s are available Mon.-Thurs. 9:00a-4:00p and Fri. 9:00a-12:00p EST.  If the Bilingual Program Specialist’s are unable to accommodate an applicant’s language, the applicant is given the option to have their own personal translator.  For protection against fraud and accidental misrepresentation of ABCF, we request that each personal translator is present with the applicant at the time of every call.  Applicants are required to give an acceptable approval for their translator to interpret on their behalf. 

Q:  What documents are in ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program application packet?

A:  To receive a grant voucher from ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program to assist with the diagnosis or ruling out of breast cancer, an application packet must be completed and returned to the program for submission.     

  • Application Form 
    • The Application Form has the applicant’s personal information that was gathered during the prescreening process.  By signing and dating this form, the applicant is stating that the information they provided to ABCF’s Breast Cancer Assistance Program is true and accurate.  To receive a grant voucher, a signed and dated application must be completed and returned to the program for submission.   
  • Doctor’s Referral Form
    •  The Doctor’s Referral Form is a generic referral for the convenience of the applicant and supervising doctor, however, other standard doctor referrals or prescriptions are acceptable.  To receive a grant voucher, confirmation of a doctor’s supervision of care and testing recommendations must be submitted to ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program. 
  • Proof of Residency Form
    • The Proof of Residency Form lists acceptable documentation which verifies that the applicant is a United States Resident.  Please be advised that the exact first name, last name and date of birth on the applicant’s proof of residency must match the name listed on the applicant’s application.  To receive a grant voucher, acceptable proof of residency must be sent to ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program for submission.      

Q:  What if the applicant does not have a doctor?

A:  He/she may go to their local health department, health clinic, or any facility that has medical professionals such as physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners that can recommend the patient for breast cancer screenings and diagnostic testing. 

Q:  How long does the application process take?

A:  The application process generally takes 2 1/2 weeks or less before a grant voucher is issued.  It is recommended that when applicants receive their application packet, that they complete it and return it to the program for submission as soon as possible.  Application packets expire 30 days from the application’s mail date. 

Q:  What is an ABCF-Breast Cancer Assistance Program grant voucher?

A:  A grant voucher is the temporary authorization that ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program will help to pay the cost for an applicant to have preapproved test(s) or procedure(s) done.  The grant voucher lists the approved test(s) or procedure(s), authorization numbers, financial assistance award amounts along with the vouchers expiration date.  A grant voucher is valid to an applicant for 60 days from the issue date.  Within that time frame, the applicant must submit bills from the approved test(s) or procedure(s) to the program for payment.  ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program submits payments for approved test(s) and procedure(s) to facilities only and does not, under any circumstances, submit payments or reimbursements to the applicant.  Please be advised that the program grant voucher holds no monetary value and is only temporary confirmation that ABCF has preapproved funds to help pay the cost of the applicants test(s) or procedure(s). 

Q:  Does ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program have agreements with radiology facilities where can applicants can go to have their test (s) done?

A:  The program provides financial assistance only and does not recommend doctors or facilities.  When an applicant receives a grant voucher, a courtesy list of radiology facilities is generated based on the applicant’s zip code.  This list of facilities is derived from the FDA website (www.accessdata.fda.gov) and is mailed with the applicants grant packet.  The facilities on the list are not partners, contractors or affiliates of the American Breast Cancer Foundation and therefore hold the right to deny acceptance of the grant voucher.  The facility list provides information on where the applicant can possibly go to have a Mammogram, Ultrasound, MRI or Galactogram done.  Contacting these facilities to inquire about pricing and whether the grant voucher will be accepted is highly recommended.  By doing so, the applicant may find the most cost effective prices for testing in conjunction with the grant voucher which helps to keep the out of pocket cost at a minimum.  Please be advised that grant vouchers do not include additional CAD (Computer Aided Detection) fees, radiology reading fees, etc.  You are responsible for all such fees and any cost which exceeds the grant award amount. 

Q:  Can an applicant receive a grant for test(s) or procedure(s) done before or on the date of applying to ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program?

A:  ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program does not help to pay the cost of test(s) and procedure(s) done before or on the date of the prescreening process.  Such services are not considered preapproved.  An applicant is not fully enrolled into the program until a grant voucher is issued.  At that time the prescreening process, application process and granting process will have been completed, assuring that the applicant is fully enrolled into the program.  

Q:  What if an applicant has already received a grant voucher but is in need of further testing or procedure(s)?

A:  An applicant that has already received a grant voucher but is in need of further testing or procedure(s) must submit a copy of the referring radiology reports to the program for consideration of additional grants.  Referring radiology reports must support the need for the additional testing or procedure(s) being requested.  An additional doctor’s referral may be required if the referring radiology reports are not clearly warranting the additional testing or procedure(s).  Please be advised that there is no guarantee that an applicant will be awarded additional grants.  

Q:  How long is an applicant considered to be enrolled into ABCF-Breast Cancer Assistance Program before they must reapply for future assistance?

A:  Applicants are considered enrolled into the program for 3 months after a grant is issued to them.  During this time, applicants are eligible to be considered for additional testing and procedures as well as 3 month follow up recommendations.  Applicants in need of 4-6 month follow-up testing and yearly recommendations must reapply at the time that their testing is due. 

Q:  How many times can an applicant apply to ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program?

A:  Applicants can apply to the program every year considering they meet the qualifications and requirements of the program.  Continuing applicants in need of a 4-6 month follow up testing can reapply at the time that their testing is due.         

Q:  What other assistance does ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program provide and what are the qualifications to receive the assistance?

A: 

  • Resources
    • Available to anyone that calls ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program for help; resources provided are from a current and reliable list of over 80 reputable nationwide breast health networks.  Resources are given to callers when program applications are depleted, when it is deemed the caller is ineligible for the program, when the caller is in need of medical advice or when the caller is requesting assistance that he program does not provide.  
  • Newly Diagnosed Patient Kits (Coming Soon)
    • Available to anyone recently diagnosed with breast cancer and calls ABCF’s-Breast Cancer Assistance Program for help.  The program receives hundreds of calls on a monthly basis from individuals who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and need direction for the road ahead.  For such individuals, Newly Diagnosed Patient Kits will be provided at no charge.  These kits will contain an abundance of pertinent information regarding stages of breast cancer, different treatment options, counseling, financial help, survivor networks, videos of other individuals going through breast cancer, encouraging hand written notes from survivors, and resource lists for support help with items such as wigs, travel reimbursement, medications, lymphedema garments and prosthesis/bras.