No income requirements necessary to receive services Cook County, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Women who need mammograms need only go as far as their phone to find early detection screening services in Illinois. Free mammography, breast exams, pelvic exams and Pap tests are available to all uninsured Illinois women through the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP). Funded cooperatively by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the program was created to provide breast and cervical cancer screening and referrals to uninsured women. In suburban Cook County, the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) is the lead agency for IBCCP.
"We cannot say enough about the value of early detection services, yet there are so many women who don't know they can receive them," said Stephen A. Martin, Jr., Ph.D, M.P.H., chief operating officer of CCDPH. "There is no reason why a woman who needs a mammogram cannot get one."
IBCCP has been limited to uninsured women who make less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level. But Governor Rod Blagojevich announced earlier this week that IBCCP would expand October 1, 2007 to include any uninsured woman, regardless of her income. About 260,000 additional women will become eligible in the state.