HOUSTON – The state of Texas is helping more women make health a priority, but the newly released funds come with a deadline.
Funding through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Services (BCCS) allows for mammograms and diagnostic workups for women age 40-64 who are low income (below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level) and uninsured. The Rose, an official BCCS provider, depends on these funds to cover many of the nearly 10,000 uninsured women they serve annually.
In June, BCCS announced that they were reallocating funds to The Rose which must be used by August 31, 2014. The BCCS recognized The Rose’s efficient use of funding and its ability to reach the uninsured as rationale for the additional funding.
“We know that cost is the primary barrier for many women.” said Dorothy Gibbons, CEO and Co-Founder of The Rose. “Sources like BCCS help us address the cost issue and with our two facilities, free parking and mobile units we provide not just convenience but true access to care.
“Now we need women to think ‘me,too’ and put their name at the top of the priority list. We’ve added more appointment times so they need to schedule their mammogram today!”
To receive free screenings, women must have a physician or clinic referral and bring proof of income (hers or her family’s). Appointments are required as specific dates are set aside for BCCS throughout July and August. The Rose has staff members available for English/Spanish translation if needed. To receive free screenings, women must have a physician or clinic referral and bring proof of income (hers or her family’s). Appointments are required as specific dates are set aside for BCCS throughout July and August. The Rose has staff members available for English/Spanish translation if needed. For more information, call (281) 484-4708 and use the promo code BCCS. Online appointments are possible at www.TheRose.org. Use the promo code BCCS when contacting The Rose.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Breast and Cervical Cancer Services (BCCS) program is partly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP).The goal of Texas' Breast and Cervical Cancer Services (BCCS ) is to reduce mortality from breast cancer and cervical cancer in Texas.
Established as a 501c(3) in 1986, The Rose offers the insured and uninsured same day diagnosis, special programs for young women, on-site physicians dedicated to breast health care, advanced digital technology, and navigation to treatment to the diagnosed. The Rose collaborates with the best medical organizations in Texas and reaches women in 25 counties via its clinics and mobile fleet. The Rose has two locations -- The Rose Galleria, 5420 West Loop South and The Rose Southeast, 12700 N. Featherwood.
Me2 is an awareness campaign to encourage women to make health a priority, schedule their annual mammogram, and think “me, too.” At The Rose, three insured women – me plus two – help cover the costs of one uninsured woman.