Managing the Costs of Your IBD Care Webcast


The cost of care in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is significant, and many families struggle with expenses. This webcast, co-presented by CCFA and NeedyMeds, provides patients and loved ones with tips for managing healthcare costs. Several programs that can help cover the cost of treatment for both uninsured and underinsured patients are described. Speakers also discuss disability coverage in IBD.


Presented by

Karen Hanson, RN, CNP
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Karen Hanson, RN, CNP has been a nurse practitioner in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for the past 12 years and has extensive experience caring for patients with IBD and other GI disorders. She serves on the Nursing Initiative Committee of CCFA. 

Susanne Benouna
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Susie Benouna has been a medical secretary in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for 13 years. She provides secretarial support for three physicians and one nurse practitioner, all of whom specialize in the care of patients with IBD. Ms. Benouna also serves a core operational role for issues related to medication coverage, such as copay assistance, patient assistance programs, cards, vouchers, and specialty pharmacy.

Elizabeth Messenger 
Gloucester, MA

Elizabeth Messenger is the Director of Outreach & Education at NeedyMeds ( She works to increase awareness of NeedyMeds' resources through facilitating various advocacy and outreach efforts. She develops and maintains strategic partnerships with other nonprofit organizations and communities that support NeedyMeds' mission. She also oversees the NeedyMeds webinar program, which includes conducting monthly webinar tutorials explaining how to navigate the website’s resources, as well as hosting special topic sessions on relevant topics.

Interested in other educational webcasts on IBD? Learn more, click here.

For further information, call CCFA at our IBD Help Center: 888.MY.GUT.PAIN (888.694.8872).

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America provides information for educational purposes only. We encourage you to review this educational material with your health care professional. The Foundation does not provide medical or other health care opinions or services. The inclusion of another organization's resources or referral to another organization does not represent an endorsement of a particular individual, group, company or product.

About this resource

Published: December 18, 2013