To reduce or eliminate inability to pay as a barrier to getting cancer screenings or other services, BMC has specific programs designed to assist those in need.
Our Advocacy for Access program provides uninsured or underinsured residents with access to insurance programs: (413) 445-9427.
Our Patient Care Funds provide financial assistance for those needing a Mammogram (413) 447-2147 and/or a Screening Colonoscopy (413) 395-7606.
These funds include:
Women's Cancer Wellness Fund. Available through www.thepastures.org, provides financial assistance to women with cancer in the Berkshires to pay for integrative care not covered by their health insurance. Managed by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the mission of the fund is to improve the lives of women with cancer by enabling them to nurture their strength and wellness through integrative therapies that include: Acupuncture, Homeopathy and Naturopathy, Energy Work, Yoga Therapy, Nutrition Counseling (free), Massage Therapy, Chiropractic Care, Chinese and Herbal Medicine and Lifestyle Counseling.
BMC Patient Assistance Funds. Though patients may have health insurance, sizeable deductibles still may prompt them to postpone screening tests for breast or colon cancer. Established by BMC with the help of many generous donors, our Patient Assistance Funds offer financial assistance to those who meet eligibility requirements. With this help, it is hoped patients are more likely to get their recommended exams. They also are provided with necessary breast cancer treatment-related products (wigs,bras/prosthesis and lymphedema supplies, etc.), as well as transportation to and from the screenings if needed.
Denise Kaley Fund. This community fund, made possible by donors, helps cancer patients cover the costs of life's necessities: heating oil, car repairs, groceries, babysitting, rent, mortgage payments and medical expenses not covered by insurance.