My Hope Chest Extends Funding

Mission Possible…

My Hope Chest’s core mission is and will always be, funding breast reconstruction for uninsured and under insured survivors. 

Over the years our organization has received many calls, emails and referrals from across the country about breast cancer patients in need of financial help during treatment.  We have since learned that this experience actually has a name, “financial toxicity” and is best described at below and at Cancer.gov.

Financial toxicity describes problems a cancer patient has related to the cost of treatment.

The terms financial toxicity and financial distress are used to describe how out-of-pocket costs can cause financial problems for a patient. Out-of-pocket costs are what you pay for your medical care that is not covered by your health insurance. Out-of-pocket costs include the following:

  • Copayments: Amount you pay for each healthcare service, such as a doctor appointment or prescription.
  • Deductibles: Amount you pay for your medical care before your health insurance plan begins to pay.
  • Coinsurance: Percentage of costs you pay for a service that your health insurance covers after you have paid your deductible; for example, you pay 20% and your insurance pays 80%.

Due to the overwhelming calls to My Hope Chest for bill assistance from around the country we have amended our granting support to assist women in current treatment that qualify for our program.  Starting this year, will allocate a small amount of funds to help with medical Co-pays and non-medical bills such as rent and utilities.  Funds are paid directly to the companies and never to individuals.  As a grassroots organization with limited funds, we sometimes have a wait list seeking help. While we do not promise if or when we can help, we promise we are doing our best.

For more information on assistance, please contact Kristie at navigator@myhopechest.org or call 727-488-0320.