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Guide to Understanding Financial Concerns

2nd ed., 2014

Written By Nicole Katze, MA, Editor and Manager, Content Development & Anna Shaffer, Contributing Writer
Reviewed By Stephanie Fajuri, Esq. , Dianne L. Hyman, MSN, RN, OCN , Peggy Mace & Carolyn Messner, DSW, MSW, LCSW-R, ACSW, BCD

Get practical advice on managing the visible and hidden costs of breast cancer treatment in our Guide to Understanding Financial Concerns. Learn to navigate the maze of private and public (Medicaid, Medicare and Veterans) health insurance plans, and what to do if your claim is denied. If you don’t have health insurance coverage, find out how to access affordable insurance coverage through your state’s healthcare marketplace or exchange, introduced by the Affordable Care Act. 

A section on job change or loss explores working during treatment, taking time off and using resources like disability coverage and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Find out ways to get help for medical costs and how to ask for support while protecting your privacy. This brochure also addresses the hidden costs of treatment, including travel, living expenses, child care and other practical matters not covered by health insurance. Understand how to protect your family’s financial future after your diagnosis and treatment. 

The information in this guide is accurate as of March 2014. Healthcare policies change rapidly, so be sure to check for updates. 

The guide was written with guidance from a team of healthcare professionals and women affected by breast cancer.

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