Blue hope financial assistance programs, overview and FAQ
Financial assistance for screening and treatment
Blue Hope Financial Assistance
We’re committed to helping you overcome the barriers to screening and face your treatment head on. Whether you’re struggling to pay your rent, fill your prescriptions, or put food on the table, Blue Hope Financial Assistance helps with your bills so you can take care of yourself.
For qualifying individuals, Blue Hope Financial Assistance will cover:
- The cost of a screening test or a $300 one-time financial stipend to help cover screening-related expenses, or
- A one-time $200 stipend to cover treatment-related expenses for those currently in treatment for colon or rectal cancer
Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis. Awards are based on funding availability.
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Financial aid FAQ
What is the Blue Hope Financial Assistance program?
The Blue Hope Financial Assistance program is a multifaceted program that provides assistance for colorectal cancer screening and treatment. This program has three components. We are able to offer individuals low- or no-cost screenings as either a colonoscopy or an FIT test, as well as a cash stipend of $300 to assist with either colorectal cancer screenings or $200 towards colorectal cancer treatment costs. The stipend can be used to off-set the cost of a screening or treatment, such as to pay for co-pays, deductibles, transportation costs, lost wages, and costs associated with treatment. This program is open to any U.S. resident in need based on income level.
How do I apply for the Blue Hope Financial Assistance program?
If you are in need of a colonoscopy or FIT test, you can call our helpline at (877) 422-2030. Our helpline staff will collect your information and send it on to our partner, Colonoscopy Assist, who will contact you within 7 to 10 days of your referral. Colonoscopy Assist will determine the appropriate screening method for you, and if you qualify for the program, set up the procedure. If your insurance covers a colonoscopy but you have financial barriers that keep you from making the appointment, or you have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer and have financial challenges associated with your treatment, you can apply for the stipend portion of our program. Stipends are awarded on a monthly basis.
What are the qualifications for receiving assistance through the Blue Hope Financial Assistance program?
To qualify for the low-cost colonoscopy, you must be uninsured. To qualify for the screening or treatment stipend award, you can be either uninsured or underinsured. The Blue Hope Financial Assistance program was established to help low-income individuals receive cancer screening or treatment assistance. Individuals applying for the low-cost colonoscopy must have a total household income below 200% of the federal poverty guideline. Those applying for a screening or treatment stipend award must have a total yearly household income equal to or less than $75,000.
If you have ever received a Blue Hope Financial Assistance stipend in the past, unfortunately, due to the high volume of applicants, you are not eligible to reapply.
How quickly can I expect a check?
Awards are based on funding availability at the end of each month. It can take between 30 - 45 days to receive funds.
Regarding the screening test assistance, are there any additional costs beyond the $25 colonoscopy?
The “no cost” ($25) colonoscopy includes preparation, procedure, and anesthesia, and if the patient is diagnosed with cancer, Colonoscopy Assist will help set up a consultation with a specialist. The initial consultation is included.
If a patient is under 50 years old with a family history of colorectal cancer, are they still eligible for the free screening?
A patient is not disqualified from this program if they have symptoms or a family history of colorectal cancer.
Does the applicant need a Social Security number?
A patient does not have to be a U.S. citizen to apply (only a U.S. resident within the 50 states), therefore does not need a Social Security number.
How long is the process? How long will it take before I actually have the scope?
Because of the waiting list, we can’t estimate how long it will take for a qualified individual to have their procedure.
Where can I find additional financial resources?
We have a list of helpful organizations and programs for individuals and families having financial difficulties, which you can download on our Financial Resources page.
How you can help
We’re looking for sponsors and donors to support this and other critical prevention initiatives. To learn more, contact Regan Huneycutt, Chief Development Officer, at (202) 207-0254 or firstname.lastname@example.org or donate now.
Special thanks to our founding partner, Boston Scientific, and the legacy gift from Carol Green for making this financial assistance program possible.
The legacy of Blue Hope Financial Assistance
Through the legacy donation of Carol Green and her family, Blue Hope Financial Assistance helps families receive a potentially life-saving screening test or lessen the financial burden of treatment. Ms. Green passed in 2010, but her vision for a world free of colorectal cancer is realized through the program she helped launch. We salute you for helping us end colorectal cancer within our lifetime.