Fortunately, there are programs available locally to help the uninsured and under-insured.
For women with no insurance,
To make an appointment, call (217) 876-1111.
"People just need to call our scheduling department and they'll ask certain questions to see if you qualify," DMH Breast Center Patient Navigator
The Mammogram Initiative is a screening. If there are any breast problems -- lump, drainage, dimpling or puckering -- a diagnostic is needed. DMH has a diagnostic mammogram program available. Patients should ask their doctor about it, or if they don't have a doctor, call (217) 876-2856.
"If you call here we're going to try to get you to the right person who can help you," DMH Mammography Coordinator
For women without insurance, another option is
Anyone who shows up at DMH or Crossing without health insurance will be encouraged to sign up through healthcare.gov. With the Affordable Care Act increasing the amount of people with insurance coverage, and requiring insurers include free mammograms beginning at age 40, most have mammograms covered in their policies.
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"That's been really helpful," Ludwig said.
But there are still under-insured women. The DMH Mammography Initiative only covers the uninsured, but anyone who is uninsured or under-insured can get a free mammogram through the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP).
Run by the
To get screened, go to www.cancerscreening.illinois.gov, or call the Illinois Women's Healthline at (888) 522-1282.
"They'll send you enrollment forms you have to complete and they'll set up the appointment with who they want you to go to," DMH Breast Center Patient Navigator
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