Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 221–227

Documenting the Health Insurance Needs of Cancer Patients and Providing Scarce Resolutions

  • Dawn Elise Wiatrek
  • Marion Morra
  • Beverly Shaw
  • Katherine Sharpe
  • Roshini George
  • Mandi Battaglia-Seiler
  • Melissa Fellers
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s13187-013-0451-7

Cite this article as:
Wiatrek, D.E., Morra, M., Shaw, B. et al. J Canc Educ (2013) 28: 221. doi:10.1007/s13187-013-0451-7
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Abstract

The American Cancer Society’s Health Insurance Assistance Service provides callers to its National Cancer Information Center with detailed knowledge to help them access or maintain health insurance coverage for which they might be eligible. Demographic data from April 2009 to June 2011 show that 76 % were uninsured and between the ages of 40–60; 65 % were Caucasian, 17 % African American, and12% Hispanic; and monthly incomes were $1,999 or less. Current trends indicate that callers are similar to those identified in various health care reform publications: callers are unable to afford co-pays; facilities are requesting cash upfront; callers report loss of coverage, less adequate or less affordable coverage from employers; large out-of-pocket expense or high deductibles are needed; and modification of the CDC’s Breast and Cervical Screening Program’s eligibility guidelines create challenges. Six lessons that have been learned while initiating and managing this program are presented.

Keywords

Health insurance coverage Cancer patients Cancer bills 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dawn Elise Wiatrek
    • 1
  • Marion Morra
    • 2
  • Beverly Shaw
    • 1
  • Katherine Sharpe
    • 1
  • Roshini George
    • 1
  • Mandi Battaglia-Seiler
    • 1
  • Melissa Fellers
    • 1
  1. 1.American Cancer SocietyAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Morra CommunicationsMilfordUSA

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