Connecting Hope, Assistance, and Treatment (CHAT) Program

The diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer can take a toll on the emotional, physical, and financial wellbeing of women. Through our Connecting Hope, Assistance, and Treatment (CHAT) Program, we provide resources for low-income women with breast cancer who do not have adequate income or insurance to pay for services related to their breast cancer diagnosis. We provide up to $1,200 per calendar year to eligible women to help with the cost of medication, breast prostheses, bras, wigs, compression sleeves, transportation to treatment, childcare during treatment, denture replacement (if due to bone loss resulting from chemotherapy), dressing changes from hospice care, counseling, and other breast cancer-related expenses.

In the absence of the CHAT Program, many participating women would have made the difficult choice between paying for items related to their breast cancer treatment and paying for rent, utilities, food, and other necessities. As many of the women in the program travel long distances for treatment and are unable to drive after surgery or chemotherapy treatment, CHAT provides transportation assistance to patients through cab vouchers.

Who is Eligible?

CHAT has provided assistance to hundreds of women. You may be eligible to participate if you:

Are a Massachusetts resident

Have a diagnosis of breast cancer

Have an individual annual income of $25,000 or less, or a total family annual income of $42,000 or less

If you meet the eligibility requirements and would like to complete an application for the CHAT program, download and complete our CHAT application form and return to us with the required documentation at:

Center for Community Health and Health Equity
801 Massachusetts Avenue, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
or
Fax: (617) 582–0190

*Please use a cover page marked “Confidential.”

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