Health Insurance after Breast Cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer affects both women, men, and their families. Knowing the facts and making sure you have adequate coverage in case you or someone you love is diagnosed can make a significant difference in your recovery and can help improve your quality of life.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women in the U.S. With the exception of skin cancer, it is the most common cancer diagnosed among American women. Statistics for 2017 estimated that around 252,710 new cases were expected to be diagnosed and over 40,000 women were expected to die from the disease. As of 2017, a woman living in the United States has a 12.4%, or a 1-in-8, lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer can strike at any age. 81% of breast cancers are diagnosed among women ages 50 years and older, and 89% of breast cancer deaths occur in this age group. About 1 in 5 men with breast cancer have a close relative, male or female, with the disease.
Despite these sobering figures, there has been a steep decline in deaths from breast cancer thanks to advances in early detection and treatment. In fact, between 1989 and 2015, breast cancer death rates for women have decreased by 39%, meaning there were 322,600 less breast cancer deaths in the United States. The costs associated with the treatment of breast cancer can be high, and, while insurance can help, there are still other out-of-pocket expenses associated with the diagnosis. If you find your current coverage doesn’t sufficiently cover your medical costs, you may want to switch to a plan which may have higher premiums but covers more of the costs in the long term.
Another option to consider for reducing out-of-pocket expenses is supplemental insurance. Options like our Vantage Care Solution can help provide peace of mind by easing some of the financial burden associated with cancer, because the last thing anyone wants to think about while trying to recover is extra expenses.
Cancer Expense policy form series B 9401 underwritten by Bankers Fidelity Life Insurance Company®, Atlanta, GA. A waiting period is required before benefits are payable. Limitations and exclusions apply; actual policy provisions control. Rates subject to change on a class basis. Application to determine eligibility required. Product availability and benefits can vary by state. This is a solicitation of insurance and an independent agent may contact you.
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