Screening and Financial Assistance Program
Crisis Financial Assistance Fund
and Screening Support
The COVID-19 crisis and changing economy has increased financial anxiety and needs across the country. We’re here to help. If you are a colorectal cancer patient in treatment, you are eligible to apply for our crisis financial awards. If you are seeking colorectal cancer screening, such as colonoscopy, we can help connect you to a resource that works best for you.
Funds may be used for any daily living expenses such as household bills, childcare, transportation costs, or food. Applicants who are U.S. residents and are eligible may receive a $200 award. Please note: Indiana state residents are eligible for $400 awards.
If you have questions or need help with the application, our certified patient and family support navigators can help you on our free Helpline, (877) 422-2030, Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm EST.
For more information:
Financial aid FAQ
What types of support do you offer?
The current crisis program has three components:
- If you meet the criteria and complete the application, you are eligible for a $200 check to help with any daily expenses such as household bills, childcare, transportation costs, or food. This program is open to any U.S. resident in need based on income level.
- If you meet the criteria, complete the application, and are a resident of the state of Indiana, you are eligible for a $400 check to help with any expenses such as household bills, childcare, transportation costs, or food.
- If you are interested in low- or no-cost screenings, such as colonoscopy, you can call the Helpline to be referred to a service.
What does the Crisis Financial Assistance Program mean for the rest of the Alliance's Blue Hope Financial Assistance Program?
The Crisis fund is currently accepting applications. Blue Hope Financial Assistance is our cornerstone financial assistance program, currently on pause due to the COVID crisis.
How do I apply for any of these financial assistance programs?
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 someone will then contact you by email within 7 to 10 days of your call. The next step will be the navigator to work with you to determine the appropriate screening method for you, and if you qualify for the program and colonoscopies are available, set up the procedure.
What are the qualifications for receiving assistance through the Crisis Financial Assistance program?
The Crisis Financial Assistance program helps low-income individuals receive support for unmet financial needs during cancer treatment.
To qualify for a low-cost colonoscopy or a FIT test, you must:
- Be uninsured or underinsured
- Have total income below 200% of the federal poverty guideline
To qualify for a crisis award, you must:
- Be uninsured or underinsured
- Have total yearly household income no more than $75,000
- Be in active treatment for colorectal cancer to receive the treatment stipend
If you have ever received an Alliance “Blue Note” or “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. You can expect to receive a check anywhere from 20-60 days after you apply.
If a patient is under 50 years old with a family history of colorectal cancer, are they still eligible for the free screening?
Age is not a criteria for qualification. A patient is qualified for this program if they have symptoms or a family history of colorectal cancer.
Does the applicant need a Social Security number?
You do 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?
Due to the current environment and social distancing, we can’t estimate how long it will take for a qualified individual to have their procedure. We encourage you to call our Helpline to walk through your options and concerns as you navigate screening needs.
- Where can I find additional financial resources?
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.