Care is Paid For
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.
to ask about your insurance:
Are annual examinations and mammograms covered?
this policy cover me if I am in a clinical trial?
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?
the plan pay if I seek care from doctors outside my
group? or what, if anything, will the plan pay?