The Medicaid program in Alabama also includes coverage for breast and cervical cancer screenings and other early detection services for eligible women. In order to qualify for free services, women must be Alabama residents ages 40 to 64 and have an income less than or equal to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or $1862 per month for an individual. Women who qualify also must not have a sufficient source of insurance coverage or no health insurance whatsoever.
The Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program provides free pelvic exams, pap smears, clinical breast exams, mammograms, and if necessary, diagnostic services such as colposcopies, ultrasounds, and biopsies.
Since the program’s inception in 1996, thousands of Alabama women have been tested and treated for breast and cervical cancer caught in the early stages. Statistical evidence of the program’s success includes the following since its beginnings:
- 77,392 women screened
- 118,830 clinical breast exams
- 101,429 mammograms
- 68,805 Pap smears
- 1,488 cases of breast cancer detected
- 381 cases of cervical cancer detected
Depending on the size of a woman’s household, income guidelines will vary for eligibility. The table below shows the various annual and monthly incomes for different family sizes accepted by the program.
Contact ABCCEDP: 877-252-3324
1. Alabama Department of Public Health. “ABCCEDP”. http://www.adph.org/earlydetection/index.asp?ID=546.