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Cancer Insurance Checklist

(Plan Comparison)

Cancer is hard and certainly, meandering through the maze of health insurance and The Affordable Care Act can be daunting for those with cancer and other health issues. People are no longer rejected from purchasing health insurance due to a pre-existing condition. Now, all people can and must get the health insurance that will protect them if cancer or another life-threatening disease comes calling.

Cancer Support Community Montana is part of a national group that provides the leading edge of research and training to improve the cancer experience. Cancer Support Community Montana and a group of 18 partnering cancer and patient advocacy organizations have developed the Cancer Insurance Checklist, a resource to help people with cancer, a history of cancer, or at risk for cancer choose insurance plans in the new state-based Health Insurance Marketplaces.

The Cancer Insurance Checklist provides a worksheet to help the consumer detail the costs associated with each plan and is designed to be used while evaluating insurance plans and also when discussing them with a navigator or health care provider. There are people in our community to help assist you to navigate the website.

Local Assistance Available

There are people all over Montana who can sit and help you navigate access to cancer care and answer your questions regarding health insurance. In addition, if you would like help completing an Advanced Directive, contact (406)582-1600 to learn more.

Working Together

(Patient-Centered Care)

Cancer Support Community Montana partners with oncology and medical teams to provide integrative care that improves health outcomes for patients while reducing the strain on the medical team. Research has found the following improvements related to cancer care and the costs associated for people who access psychosocial services:

Patients with depression have higher health care utilization.

(33.66 visits vs. 18.8 visits for those without depression)

Patients with breast cancer participating in a six-week cognitive-behavioral session, billed the health care system 23.5% less than the control arm and a total of $6,199 less over the course of the study (Simpson et al, 2001)

Men with prostate cancer participating in group intervention decreased health care contacts from 10 to 4.4 over a 6-month period while the control group remained stable at 8 contacts (Pennebaker, 2000)

According to Andersen et al. (2004, 2008, 2010), patients with breast cancer engaged in social and emotional intervention have significant benefits over those who do not:

45% reduced risk of breast cancer recurrence

56% reduced risk of breast cancer death

Median time to death was 3.2 years for the intervention arm and 1.7 years for the assessment arm demonstrating a 1.5 year increase in total life expectancy

41% reduced risk of death following recurrence for the intervention arm with immune indices significantly higher among those in the intervention

Increase in T-cell development

Decrease in anxiety

Increase in family support

Decrease in number of smokers

Fewer symptoms/toxicities from cancer treatment

The services of Cancer Support Community Montana satisfy many of the CoC Accreditation standards. Contact our office to learn more about the benefits of partnering with us.

More Information

(Patient Resources)

CSC is a hub for cancer-related information in Montana. Click below to download an array of cancer resources.

More Information

(Patient Resources)

CSC is a hub for cancer-related information in Montana. Click below to download an array of cancer resources.

CSC Montana


Cancer Support Community Montana (CSCMT) is a 501c3 non-profit organization based in Bozeman, Montana, and part of the national Cancer Support Community network. Established in 2004, CSCMT has a long history of providing support for those impacted by cancer. Starting in Bozeman, we acquired a mortgage-free building in 2009, incorporated the For One Another Family Camp in 2013, and established the Garden of Hope in 2015. Following this success, a Missoula location was launched in 2020 and opened in the Cold Spring Schoolhouse on Briggs Street in 2022. CSCMT is dedicated to partnering with rural, frontier and Indigenous communities across Montana to offer cancer support services close to home. CSC Montana has a number of Resource Centers throughout the state to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. A Resource Center is a referral center placed in communities where the small population will not support a full Chapter. All people impacted by cancer can access a calendar listing the virtual programs of CSC Montana as well as some in-person program offered by the local community. CSCMT provides information, training for the healthcare teams and mentorship to collaboratively get the services to people in their community.

Our Plans for Growth

(Strategic Plan 2022-2024)

Cancer Support Community Montana (CSC) is at an unprecedented time in our history due to a host of forces and trends that are unfolding generally in health care and specifically in cancer care.

The growing interest in the benefits of psychosocial support, and the emerging acceptance by the medical community to shift its focus from medical care only to a holistic, comprehensive approach that cares for the whole patient and their family has created a significant opportunity for CSC to take a leadership role in transforming cancer experience across Montana.

This transformation is urgently needed as cancer incidence and costs are skyrocketing with the aging of the baby boomer generation combined with population growth.

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