An Important Resource for Maine Women

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) seeks to create greater access to health care by getting more people covered by insurance. For women who have purchased coverage on the Marketplace or other privately purchased plans, but continue to be burdened by premiums, deductibles and co-pays that prevent them from receiving breast cancer screening services, the Maine CDC Breast and Cervical Health Program (MBCHP) can be a valuable resource for women needing breast and/or cervical cancer screening and follow-up services.

Program eligibility for MBCHP:
  • Women age 40 to 64, with the following exceptions:

  • Women 35-39 who have seen a doctor and need follow-up tests for a possible breast or cervical cancer;
  • Women 35-39 who have not had a Pap test in 5 or more years.

  • Maine resident (or New Hampshire resident located within 15 miles of the Maine state border), and;
  • Household income less than or equal to 250% of the current Federal Poverty Level (FPL), and;
  • Have no health insurance, or health insurance with high co-pays, deductibles or premiums;

  • Women receiving MaineCare or Medicare Part B are not eligible for MBCHP.

MBCHP enrollment is conducted over the phone in minutes:

call 1-800-350-5180; press 1

 
Important information for healthcare professionals:
Maine’s primary care providers are encouraged to continue referring women to MBCHP for screening and follow-up services for abnormal screening results. It is important to remember that even with the changes in health insurance laws and coverage, MBCHP is available to assist eligible women to gain access to needed breast and/or cervical cancer screening and follow-up services. Timely follow-up to abnormal screening results is critical to the early detection and treatment of cancer and pre-cancerous lesions.

Uninsured women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer or undergoing treatment for breast or cervical cancer may qualify for MaineCare [Maine Medicaid Program] under the Maine Treatment Act. Call the MBCHP Case Manager/Patient Navigator to determine if your patient qualifies for treatment coverage [1-800-350-5180, Press 1 and ask for the Case Manager].  


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