Rally In Support of Breast
and Cervical Cancer Health Check Program
Proposal will provide screening
services to 9,200 women a year
March 10, 2005
Juneau, Alaska - Gov. Frank H. Murkowski, First Lady Nancy Murkowski
and Alaska Health and Social Services Commissioner Joel Gilbertson
spoke Wednesday at a rally on the steps of the Capitol Building
in support of the Alaska Breast and Cervical Cancer Health Check
Social Services Commissioner
Joel Gilbertson and Governor Frank Murkowski
at Wednesday's rally in Juneau...
"Breast and cervical cancer
are killers that are, fortunately, treatable with early detection,"
said Gov. Murkowski. "This program has provided a real service
to Alaska women who otherwise could not afford to get the early
screening that could save their lives."
The Alaska Breast and Cervical
Cancer Health Check program provides breast and cervical cancer
screening to uninsured or underinsured women between the ages
of 18-64 who meet certain income guidelines. The governor is
asking for $1.8 million in additional funding to expand screening
by an estimated 3,000 more women each year.
"The funding increase
is needed to meet the growing need by Alaska women for these
services - and detection is key to helping women remain healthy,"
Since 1995, the program has
provided more than 60,000 breast and cervical cancer screenings
to about 22,000 medically underserved Alaskan women. More than
145 cases of breast cancer and 23 cases of cervical cancer have
"The fact is that this
program has saved lives, and these cancers can be treated with
early detection," Gilbertson said.
The program screens about 6,200
women for breast and cervical cancer. The number of women screened
in FY04 increased by nearly 1,200 from the previous fiscal year,
according to the department.
If approved by the Legislature,
early detection and screening for breast cancer and cervical
cancer efforts would reach an estimated 9,200 women in the next
Alaska Breast and
Cervical Cancer Health Check Program
- The number of Alaskan women
screened for breast and cervical cancer in FY04 increased by
nearly 1,200 from FY03 to FY04.
- Currently, prevention services
are unavailable in many rural areas of the state.
- The projected cost to provide
screening and diagnostic services in FY06 and FY07 is $350 per
- The Alaska Breast and Cervical
Cancer Health Check program provides screening to women age 18
to 64 who:
- Meet certain income guidelines.
- Income eligibility varies
depending upon family size. For a family of one, monthly income
is capped at $2,423. A complete list of income eligibility guidelines
can be found at http://health.state.ak.us/dhcs/bchc/about/about_qualify.htm
- Who do not have insurance.
- Cannot meet their deductible.
- Whose insurance does not pay
for Breast and Cervical Cancer Health Check services.
- Screening providers throughout
the state provide services to over 6,000 women each year.
- Breast and Cervical Cancer
Health Check providers offer clinical breast exams, pelvic exams,
and Pap tests to women age 18 to 64 and screening mammograms
for women age 50 to 64.
- Over 145 cases of breast cancer
and 23 cases of cervical cancer have been diagnosed since the
program began, and since the initiation of the Medicaid treatment
program in 2001, at least 68 women received assistance for breast
- Adds $1.8 million in general
fund spending to the program for FY06.
- Increases the number of women
served in the program by up to 3,000 over two years, bringing
the total number of women served per year to 9,200.
- These additional funds will
significantly increase funding for screening and diagnostic services,
outreach and additional staffing.
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