GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) - Sometimes a simple test can save your life. That's why the Kent County Health Department is making mammograms and pap tests available for people who may have a hard time paying for them. Sally Cory is with Kent County Health Department's Women's Health Network Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program and she joined eightWest with Pam Strebel, a program participant. Pam explains that she was very fortunate to find out about this program when she did because it may have saved her life.
The Women’s Health Network (WHN) offers free mammograms, clinical breast exams, Pap smears and pelvic exams to women who qualify. Follow-up, referrals and treatment are also provided for qualifying WHN participants.
To qualify, women must meet the following criteria based on your income and family size, if you are:
- Have an income less than 250% of federal poverty level (see chart below)
- Be uninsured: Medicare, Medicaid and most HMOs pay for yearly mammograms. If you have an insurance that does not cover these services, you may qualify for other community programs and resouces.
- Be age 40 - 64 for breast/cervical cancer screening and for diagnostic follow-up of breast/cervical abnormalities, OR
- Be age 18 - 39, have been identified with a cervical abnormality through the Title X Program, and referred to the WHN for cervical cancer diagnostic follow-up
Number of people Yearly household income
in your household: below:
1 $27, 925
2 $37, 825
3 $47, 725
4 $57, 625
5 $67, 525
6 $77, 425
7 $87, 325
8 $97, 225
Member (Beyond 8) $ 9, 900
You qualify if your income is equal to or less than what is listed on the chart.
Call (616) 632-7283 or (888) 515-1300 or go to www.accesskent.com/Health/HealthPromo/whn_program.htm for more information.
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