News Release

October 20, 2011

OHCA Contacts: Jo Kilgore - (405) 522-7474, Carter Kimble - (405) 522-7510

Oklahoma Cares Helps Battle Cancer

OKLAHOMA CITY – During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) official says nearly 27,000 women in Oklahoma have qualified for treatment for breast and cervical cancer or precancerous conditions. They received assistance through a program for women who meet income qualifications and need diagnostics or treatment but have no health insurance to help pay for the needed medical care.

“This program meets a well-recognized need for low-income women in Oklahoma and allows us to extend care during this critical time of health care needs,” said Dr. Garth Splinter, State Medicaid Director.

The Oklahoma Cares breast and cervical care program provides assistance to women who might have foregone treatment due to the cost. Women between the ages of 19 and 65, who qualify as part of the 6-year-old program, must be screened under the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (BCCEDP) and have an abnormal screening result, a precancerous condition or need treatment for breast or cervical cancer.

Oklahoma Cares provides SoonerCare (Oklahoma Medicaid) benefits to these qualifying women for the duration of their treatments. This program also provides transportation for women who need assistance getting to their medical appointments.

“These screenings have helped save lives through early detection and treatment in earlier stages of the diseases,” Splinter added.

Oklahoma Cares was created by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Cherokee Nation, the Kaw Nation and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Women interested in Oklahoma Cares can find a screening provider in their area or get more information by contacting the Oklahoma State Department of Health at 866-550-5585. Licensed health care providers interested in becoming certified screeners for Oklahoma Cares should call 866-550-5585 or email Okcares@health.ok.gov.

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