The Kearney Breast Center, in collaboration with the Breast and Cervical Health Program, invites uninsured and poorly insured women from southwest Washington to stop by the Kearney Breast Center to receive a FREE clinical breast exam and a digital screening mammogram. For more information or to find out whether you are eligible call 360.514.1663.
The Breast and Cervical Health Program (BCHP) provides free services to uninsured and underinsured women in Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, Wahkiakum and Pacific counties who:
Priority is placed on providing services to women who are traditionally underserved including women of racial and ethnic minorities, lesbians, women with disabilities, women in hard to reach areas and *women 65 and older who are not eligible for Medicare Part B.
- are between the ages of 40 through 64 years*;
- have an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level;
- are not on Medicaid or Medicare; or,
- do not have private insurance (unless the insurance requires a large deductible).
Women enrolled in this program receive:
The goal of the BCHP is to detect breast cancer at an early stage, detect and prevent cervical cancer, and decrease illness and death rates from these diseases. To accomplish this, the BCHP ensures that women for whom screening is recommended receive regular screenings for breast and cervical cancers, prompt follow-up and care if necessary, and assurance that the tests are performed in accordance with current recommendations.
- A breast examination and a breast x-ray called a mammogram.
- A pelvic examination and taking a sample of cells from the cervix (the opening of the uterus) called a Pap Smear.
If you have detectable breast or cervical symptoms, the program will help you find out what it is. You will also be reminded to come back for a regular check-up, Pap test and mammogram. For most women, this will mean a yearly visit through age 64.
If you have an abnormal breast or cervical screening test, BCHP will pay for some diagnostic services, but it will not pay for treatment. Your provider will work with you to access treatment resources.
Participation in the program is voluntary, and you may drop out of BCHP and withdraw consent to release information at any time.
If you would like more information, or would like to enroll in BCHP, please call:
Breast & Cervical Health Program
(360) 514-1663 or 1-800-992-1817
For additional information, you can visit the Washington State Dept of Health Breast and Cervical Health Program Web site, http://www.doh.wa.gov/wbchp