Breast services available for uninsured women in Central Texas
10/26/2015 2:21 PM
I was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer at my first mammogram, so I know the importance of early detection. Through its Breast Cancer Patient Navigation Program, Community Action of Central Texas assists uninsured, low-income women with breast screening, diagnostics, treatment and survivorship.
As a patient navigator, I help guide women through the complicated health care system. Since 2004, Community Action has partnered with Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) and other community partners to provide 100 free mammograms each year to uninsured, low-income women in Central Texas.
If an abnormality is discovered during a mammogram, we help find funding for diagnostics. If a breast cancer diagnosis is made, we help connect them to funding for treatment, usually in the form of Medicaid for Breast and Cervical Cancer. Typically, a woman will be on Medicaid within 10 days of her diagnosis. In addition, Community Action guides these patients through the next steps to ultimately ensure her treatment plan is completed.
Many of the women we assist are hourly workers who do not have paid sick leave. We help connect them to financial resources for things they need during their treatment. One of those resources is the CTMC Foundation’s Cancer Assistance Fund, which has assisted women with mortgage payments, child care, car payments and other needs while they are fighting breast cancer.
For more information on Community Action’s Breast Cancer Patient Navigation Program, visit communityaction.com or call 512-392-1161, ext. 305. Visit ctmc.org to learn how you can get involved in local Breast Cancer Awareness activities throughout October.
About the Author:
Lydia Perez is the patient navigator and program coordinator for Community Action's Breast Cancer Patient Navigation Program, which provides comprehensive patient navigation to uninsured and underinsured women in Hays, Caldwell, Bastrop and Williamson counties.