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The Komen Mission:
To eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening, and treatment.

Special Needs


How Care is Paid For

Insurance, Medicare and Medi-Cal pay for breast cancer screenings and treatments. Second opinions are also usually covered. It is important to check with your insurance plan for any requirements or restrictions as far as choosing a doctor or provider hospital is concerned. For women over age 40 who have limited financial resources or no insurance and who are not otherwise eligible for Medi-Cal, annual breast cancer screenings (mammograms and clinical breast exams) may be covered through special programs such as the Cancer Detection Program or the YWCA EncorePlus screening programs. If cancer is detected and the woman is uninsured, care and treatment may be paid for by a special program for financially needy and uninsured breast cancer patients. Please see the resources listed at the end of this booklet for more information. If you have the opportunity to choose an insurance plan, do so wisely.

Questions to ask about your insurance:

• Are annual examinations and mammograms covered?
• Does this policy cover me if I am in a clinical trial?
• Does this policy cover stem cell/bone marrow transplants?
• Who can I talk to if I think my care needs to be changed?
• Can I change my mind about my health plan?
• Will the plan pay if I seek care from doctors outside my group? or what, if anything, will the plan pay?