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SURPRISE! You got a bill for
your mammogram. Why?
If you have been treated for breast cancer, your annual mammogram could be considered diagnostic instead of a screening mammogram for the first five (or sometimes more) years after your diagnosis, even if you are not experiencing any problem with your breasts. Since insurers are not required to cover diagnostic in the same way as screening mammograms, you may be billed for the mammogram.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? To avoid getting a surprise bill afterwards, check with your doctor and your insurer ahead of time to see how the mammogram will be coded. If it will be coded as diagnostic and your insurer won’t cover it, you may be able to have your mammogram covered through the Pennsylvania Department of Health's HealthyWoman program. NEED HELP? Call PBCC Patient Advocacy Director Dolores Magro at 800-377-8828 ext. 3020
or email Dolores@PABreastCancer.org with any questions.
Philadelphia Survivor, PBCC Conference Attendee "Blessed" by Breast Cancer
When I heard the words “triple negative breast cancer,” I had no idea what they meant.
Because of my faith though, I soon decided that for me it means triple positive faith. I felt I was triple positively blessed by the Holy Trinity … Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I was diagnosed with a routine mammogram in 2010 and then had a lumpectomy, chemo, and radiation.
I had the best support team ever with my children, my friends, and family. After about a year, I joined the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia and met Yvonne McLean Florence and Sarita Joy Jordan there. They both told me about the PBCC, and Yvonne invited me to join her at the PBCC conference in 2015. I enjoyed the conference so much, especially when they announced at the luncheon that 3D screening mammograms would be covered by insurance. That was a “wow” moment! I was also glad to be able to meet Dr. Edith Mitchell, and to hear about her research on triple negative breast cancer. That is another reason I like the PBCC, because of the research.
Go Beyond Pink, Register Now for
Lebanon Country Club Golf Outing
Golf lover? Here's your chance to hit the links for hope. There are still a few slots left for the Beyond Pink Golf Outing at Lebanon Country Club on Monday, June 19. The annual event benefits the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. Women, men and mixed teams welcome. Golfers without a full team will be placed. The fun starts at 7:30am with a continental breakfast!
Your $125 entry fee includes a donation to the PBCC, greens fees, cart, breakfast, snacks and a buffet luncheon.
Download the registration form here and please contact Terry Williams with any questions at MTKnight@aol.com. We hope to see you Monday!