Cannot Afford Screening?
Colon cancer screening is one of the most important things you can do to protect your life and the lives of those you love. It has been stated that ninety-five percent of colon cancer cases are curable if detected and treated early. If you are interested in being screened for colon cancer, but have concerns about paying for the screening, you are not alone. There is hope! Some doctors, clinics, and hospitals, as well as healthcare providers will provide colon cancer screening to those in need at no cost or at reduced prices. See the list below for some of these complimentary and discounted screening offerings. Please help others in need and contact us if you know of additional resources.
We urge you to research the various screening techniques and payment options for low-income individuals. However, you must exercise due diligence and caution in your research and decision making. There are many scams out there and not everything claiming to be a good cause really is. Be wise and research all options fully.
Most insurance plans, as well as Medicare and Medicaid will cover a colonoscopy or other colon cancer screening technique. Please contact your healthcare plan administrator for more information about your specific healthcare plan. Screening for colorectal cancer is covered under the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law passed in 2010 that requires everyone to have insurance. Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get screened at no cost to you. For more information see our FAQ's regarding coverage under the Affordable Care Act
Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that provides medical benefits to low-income individuals who do not have health insurance or have inadequate health insurance. Eligibility and coverage of Medicaid benefits are determined by the states individually. Most states will provide some form of colon cancer screening at no cost under Medicaid. For more information about eligibility and coverage of Medicaid in your state, please contact your state’s Medicaid office. You may find the phone number of your state’s office at http://www.cms.gov/apps/contacts/.
Medicare is also a joint federal and state program that provides health care insurance to individuals age 65 or older, disabled individuals under age 65, and all individuals with End-Stage Renal Disease. Medicare eligibility and coverage are also determined by the states individually, and most states will provide some form of colon cancer screening. For more information about eligibility and coverage of Medicare in your state, please contact your state’s Medicare office. You may find more information about Medicare and contact information at http://www.medicare.gov/contacts/.
Consolidated Health Centers Program
Consolidated Health Centers Program is a federally funded program that provides access to healthcare services to medically unserved and underserved populations. The Program provides healthcare to all individuals, both insured and uninsured, regardless of ability to pay. For more information, please visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov. To find a Health Center near you see http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx
Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP)
The CRCCP sponsors local programs that provide colorectal cancer screening and follow-up care to individuals between the ages of 50 and 64, who are uninsured or underinsured, and have no alternative means of payment. CRCCP programs are offered in 25 states. For more information please visit http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/crccp/about.htm.
Please remember that the programs listed above are not the only options you have. This list simply provides some of the available programs and is not a comprehensive list. Please help out others in need and send any information you may have regarding other screening options for low-income individuals.