If you do not have insurance or have an insurance plan with a high deductible, you may be eligible for financial assistance to help cover recommended breast screening and services. Mammogram and MRI assistance is available from various sources.
Mammogram Assistance Programs
BreastCare is a program for Arkansas women funded with state and federal funds. You may be able to get a free mammogram and Pap test if you:
- live in Arkansas
- are 40-64 years old and need breast cancer services
- are under 40 years old with breast symptoms
- do not have health insurance (including Medicaid or Medicare)
- have a household income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level
- have insurance, need diagnostic tests, and meet criteria for financial barrier
Visit the Arkansas Department of Health or call your local Arkansas health department to find out if you are eligible for BreastCare services. Apply online to see if you are eligible for Breast Care services. Breast MRI is also covered under specific circumstances.
Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks
Another program that provides free screening mammograms to uninsured or underinsured, is the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. Apply online for a free annual screening mammogram.
MRI Financial Assistance Programs
Right Action for Women, an initiative founded by actress Christina Applegate, offers a national financial assistance program for young women at high risk for breast cancer to gain access to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) screening.
Together with the Cancer Support Community and Patient Services, Inc. (PSI),
Right Action for Women has created a partnership to bring financial support to young women who are facing the risk of breast cancer as a result of family history or a genetic predisposition.
If you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer or have tested positive for a BRCA gene mutation, you are eligible to apply regardless of insurance status.
To get started, call PSI toll-free at 1-800-366-7741 or apply online.