County claims no valid reasons for skipping well-woman care

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FLORENCE, Ariz. – The Pinal County Public Health Services District offers a comprehensive breast health program through their Well Woman HealthCheck Program throughout Pinal County. The Well Woman HealthCheck Program is a statewide program that provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to women who qualify.

In Pinal County, payment for these services comes from federal funds passed through the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). Grant funds are used to help low-income, uninsured or underinsured individuals pay for services provided through this program.

“A job loss, loss of insurance coverage or any other personal or family issue should not be a reason to skip these important diagnostic exams,” said Pinal County Public Health Director Tom Schryer. “What we know from decades of documented evidence is that cancer detection tools are getting better and when problems are caught early, the chances for survival and a return to good health are far greater.”

Services offered through the Well Woman HealthCheck program include clinical breast exams,

pap tests, pelvic exams, referrals for diagnostic testing such as, ultrasounds, biopsies, other tests are also available if screening results are abnormal. Transportation arrangements for clinical and referral services are also available if necessary.

Women are eligible to participate in the Well Woman HealthCheck Program if they do not have health insurance, their insurance does not cover the services offered by the Well Woman HealthCheck program, or their co-pay for breast and cervical cancer screening is $100 or more.

Women who are older but not have Medicare Part B, women who do not have AHCCCS or who’s household income between 100 and 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

Breast Cancer Screening through the program for women ages 40-65 years of age. If symptomatic, age will not be a barrier to screening

Cervical Cancer Screening through the program is available to women 21-65 years of age or those not recently diagnosed with cervical cancer.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call the Pinal County central appointment desk toll free at 1-866-960-0633.

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