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“Oh thank you so much, you’ve made my day…no, you’ve made my week!”

This is not an uncommon reply from someone who learns that they are eligible to receive assistance from the Kohl’s Southeast Wisconsin Breast Health Assistance Fund.  For the past three years, the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation has been administering a fund that offers financial assistance to people with breast cancer (men can get breast cancer, too).  The fund can pay co-payments/deductibles, prescriptions, transportation, childcare, health insurance premiums and for miscellaneous items like wigs and lymphedema sleeves.

This fund also assists individuals with obtaining mammograms, diagnostic screenings and biopsies.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure© Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate and the Kohl’s Corporation have collaborated to create this fund which is available to women and men of all ages from the 8 southeast counties of Wisconsin – Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha.  Income eligibility requirements apply: individuals can have a household income up to 400% of the Federal poverty level (for example, a household of 2 is eligible with an income of about $62,040.)

With a network of providers (Columbia St. Mary’s, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, ProHealth Care, Aurora Health Care and Milwaukee Health Services) the fund has assisted over 650 people in this grant year alone! The majority of people assisted do not have health insurance.

Since education and outreach for the prevention of breast cancer is one of the goals of WWHF, this fund has been a great complement to our mission.  We are grateful to be a part of this worthy effort.

Have you had your mammogram?  Do you reside in our service are?  If you would like more information about the assistance fund, contact us at 877-910-PINK (7465).

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Don’t live in our service area?  Contact the Wisconsin Well Woman Program in your area.  The Wisconsin Well Woman Program (WWWP) provides preventive health screening services to women with little or no health insurance coverage.  Well Woman pays for mammograms, Pap tests, certain other health screenings, and multiple sclerosis testing for women with high risk signs of multiple sclerosis.  The program is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, and is available in all 72 Wisconsin Counties and 11 tribes.

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