BTTF is a grassroots organization committed to providing free breast screening, diagnostic follow-up, treatment, and education to low-income patients without access to health insurance in New York City.
The costs of diagnostic follow-up services and treatments are extensive, often preventing low-income patients from obtaining the necessary treatment, or leaving them struggling with large medical debt. BTTF eliminates medical financial strains by offering the full range of breast care free of charge to uninsured patients.
BTTF believes that all individuals should have access to breast cancer screening, diagnostic follow-up and treatment, regardless of age, race, financial status, and accessibility to health insurance.
Who we help
Enrollment in BTTF programs is reserved for a specific, vulnerable population of individuals in need of breast screening, diagnostic care and treatment.
BTTF receives patient referrals from community partner organizations and determines eligibility based on a variety of factors.
Enrollment in BTTF programs is reserved for individuals who:
- Reside in New York City (all five boroughs)
- Live at 200% to 400% of the Federal Poverty Level, or earn approximately $25,300 to $46,500 annually
- Are uninsured
- Are ineligible for Medicaid or other state or federal assistance
- Are ineligible for New York State Cancer Services Programs (NYSCSP) due to age or other restrictions
- Costs of insurance coverage through New York State of Health exceed 8% of income
Additionally, BTTF is singular in its ability to facilitate valuable and otherwise inaccessible services in the following areas:
- Mammograms for patients ages 35-39
- MRI(s) unavailable to all NYSCSP patients (restrictions apply to all ages, all boroughs)
- Mammograms for patients ages 40-49 impacted by continued NYSCSP budgetary restrictions
- Diagnostic services for “under-insured” patients who would incur extreme medical debt or bankruptcy under existing coverage*
*Limited availability, subject to review and approval on a case-by-case basis.