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Breast Cancer Support

Financial Support When Breast Cancer Takes Its Toll

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Kari was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 when she was 34-years-old. When the cancer returned, tears rise and her voice quivers when she thinks of all she has to lose.

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After undergoing breast cancer treatment, recovery becomes the focus. In partnership with the Susan G. Komen Great Plains and Project Pink’d Inc, and individual contributors, VNA provides financial assistance and support services to assist in your care.

Let Us Help

Individuals undergoing treatment for breast cancer can have access to the following VNA services for free:

  • Financial assistance for day-to-day expenses, such as utilities, gas cards, one-time medical needs, or other essentials (for Nebraska residents).
  • In addition to the above, companion non-medical care services are available.

A VNA representative will work one-on-one with you to determine what services will provide the greatest assistance in your recovery process.

Legal Resources

As part of VNA and Legal Aid of Nebraska’s ongoing partnership, we have created a set of video resources to assist breast cancer patients in navigating legal issues that may arise with their diagnosis. Click here for more information.

Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Program

Learn how VNA provides emotional support, financial assistance and system navigation to those in the BCPAP.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know what help is available to me as a breast cancer patient?

The VNA Breast Cancer Assistance Program is dedicated to providing services that enable you to prioritize your needs, and determine which services or financial support will make the most difference in meeting those needs. We will work closely with you to find out what will make the most impact on your life.

What non-medical services are available for breast cancer patients?

VNA provides support such as light housekeeping, meal preparation and other services to Douglas and Sarpy county residents going through breast cancer.

What are my employee benefits and employee rights when undergoing treatment?

As part of VNA and Legal Aid of Nebraska’s ongoing partnership, we have created a set of video resources to assist breast cancer patients in navigating legal issues that may arise with their diagnosis. Part three is about Employment – the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Click HERE to watch the video. The video will cover the following common questions people have about their employment status when undergoing treatment:

  • What is FMLA and who qualifies for it?
  • Can my employer make me use vacation and sick time at the same time I am on FMLA?
  • What happens if I cannot return to work after my 12 weeks have expired?
  • How does the American with Disabilities Act apply if I am still limited but want to return to work?

What is a power of attorney and healthcare power of attorney?

As part of VNA and Legal Aid of Nebraska’s ongoing partnership, we have created a set of video resources to assist breast cancer patients in navigating legal issues that may arise with their diagnosis. Part two is about power of attorney and healthcare power of attorney. Click HERE to watch the video. The video will cover the following common questions people have about their Power of Attorney when undergoing treatment:

  • What is the difference between a Healthcare power of attorney (HPOA) and a Durable power of attorney (DPOA)?
  • What is the difference between a healthcare power of attorney (HPOA) and a living will?
  • Why should someone have both a Healthcare power of attorney (HPOA) and a durable power of attorney (DPOA)?
  • Does signing a HPOA take away my right to make my own medical decisions?

What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?

As part of VNA and Legal Aid of Nebraska’s ongoing partnership, we have created a set of video resources to assist breast cancer patients in navigating legal issues that may arise with their diagnosis. Part one is disability and SSI/SSDI. Click HERE to watch the video. The video will cover the following common questions people have about SSI/SSDI when undergoing treatment:

  • What is the difference between SSI and SSDI?
  • How is disability determined?
  • What are reasons individuals with cancer are denied disability?
  • Can I work and still apply for/get social security disability?

Legal Resources

As part of VNA and Legal Aid of Nebraska’s ongoing partnership, we have created this set of video resources to assist breast cancer patients in navigating legal issues that may arise with their diagnosis.

Healing Support

If you or a loved one need assistance, or for more information, please contact Stephanie Sass:

Call: (402) 930-4118 or (800) 456-8869
Email: ssass@vnatoday.org

 

Help Ease the Financial Burden from Breast Cancer

The stress that comes with the financial impact of breast cancer can have a harmful impact on treatment outcomes. Help us alleviate some of that burden by donating to VNA Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Program today!

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