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Women's Cancer Screening Program

Mission

The Women's Cancer Screening Program (WCSP) works to reduce the burden of breast and cervical cancer, among low-income women with special emphasis on reaching uninsured or underinsured, older, medically under-served, racial, ethnic, and/or cultural minorities, including American Indians, Alaska Natives, African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, lesbians, women with disabilities, and other emergent populations in RI (specifically the refugee population). The WCSP has developed a strong network of providers to assure that the delivery of breast and cervical cancer screening, follow-up, treatment, and support services are available for enrolled clients.

2012 Accomplishments and Milestones

  • Since program inception in 1995: Enrolled and provided breast and/or cervical cancer screening services to more than 32,000 RI women; Provided 43,175 mammograms and 41,469 Pap smears; Since the establishment of the treatment component in 2001, enrolled over 2,000 women into Medicaid to cover the cost of treatment for the diagnosis of a precancerous condition of the breast or cervix or a diagnosis of breast or cervical cancer.
  • 397 cases of breast cancer and 32 invasive cervical cancers have been diagnosed through the program.

What we do

Determine eligibility

Eligibility criteria

  • Health Insurance status, uninsured - having no health insurance; OR underinsured - having health insurance but the co-pay, deductible or out of pocket expense associated with the breast/cervical screening/follow-up care is unaffordable and has created a barrier to care
  • Income level - less than 250% of Federal Poverty Level more
  • Residency - must be a Rhode Island resident

Provide screening and diagnostic services to eligible women in various age groups: more

  • Age 21 – 29 can receive
    • Cervical cancer screening (Pap test alone every three years);
    • Breast cancer screening (clinical breast exam, only if performed in conjunction with Pap test);
    • Diagnostic services and follow-up, if an abnormality is found in a screening test.
  • Age 30 – 39 can receive
    • Cervical cancer screening (Pap test alone every three years, OR Pap test and HPV test together every five years);
    • Breast cancer screening (clinical breast exam, only if performed in conjunction with Pap test);
    • Diagnostic services and follow-up, if an abnormality is found in a screening test.
  • Age 40 – 64 can receive
    • Cervical cancer screening (Pap test alone every three years, OR Pap and HPV test together every five years);
    • Breast cancer screening (mammogram and clinical breast exam every year);
    • Diagnostic services and follow-up, if an abnormality is found in a screening test.
  • Age 65 can receive
    • Not eligible for program services. Exception: Women without Medicare Part B and undocumented women are eligible for all program services.
  • Any age women
    • Women with symptoms suspicious for breast cancer, OR, and abnormal finding on a clinical breast exam are eligible for breast services including diagnostic follow-up.

Refer to treatment if needed

As an extention of the Women's Cancer Screening program, a woman who is uninsured may apply for Medical Assistance (Medicaid) through the program to cover the cost of treatment for a precancerous condition of the breast/cervix or a diagnosis of breast of cervical cancer. In order to qualify for Medical Assistance through this program, a woman must: Meet the eligibility requirements of enrollment into the Womens Cancer Screening Program AND

  • Be a US citizen (and show proof - U.S. Passport or U.S. Birth Certificate) or be a qualified immigrant for a minimum of five years (must provide copy of her permanent resident alien card). Please note: a working VISA or a copy of a social security card is not considered proof of permanent resident alien status; and
  • Show proof of Rhode Island residency (driver's license, utility bill, etc.); and
  • Have no other individual or group insurance. Please note: Women age 65 and older are not eligible for Medical Assistance through the Womens Cancer Screening Program.