Demand Exceeds Expectations for OK Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program

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Demand Exceeds Expectations for OK Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program


Record, Journal, THE JOURNAL RECORD


More than 4,300 Oklahoma women have been approved for health care services through Oklahoma Cares - the Oklahoma Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program - since the program went into effect Jan. 1, 2005.

Of the 4,393 women who have been approved, 3,704 of them have received services through the program, according to Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

We are delighted to tell these women that they qualify for this program and that we can assist them with their health-care needs, said Becky Pasternik-Ikard, director of SoonerCare Program Operations and Benefits.

Through the Oklahoma Cares program, the state provides health- care benefits to women between the ages of 19 and 65 with low income and no creditable health insurance coverage for breast or cervical cancer who are screened through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and found to be in need of further diagnostics or treatment for either breast or cervical abnormal findings, pre- cancerous conditions or cancer.

There are 739 providers who have signed up as certified screening providers across the state. The Oklahoma State Department of Health is seeking physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurse midwives in Alfalfa, Ellis, Roger Mills, Dewey and Washita counties to join the network of non-funded screening providers.

Once it has been determined that an applicant is eligible for health-care assistance under the Cervical Cancer Treatment Program, she is eligible for all SoonerCare Choice benefits during the time that she is in the program. …

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