2011-09-28 / Front Page

Addabbo’s Low-Cost Mammography Event Draws 22 Women To Test

On September 8, state Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., sponsored No Cost or Low Cost Mammography Screenings at American Legion Continental Post 1424, 107-15 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills. Twenty-two women had mammogram screenings for cancer. This was the eighth mammography event the senator coordinated for women in his district since October 2008.
Addabbo said, “We know that early detection of breast cancer can save lives. Once again, I worked with Multi-Diagnostic Services to offer no cost or low-cost vital healthcare services for uninsured women ages 40 or older, or insured women ages 35 or older, who have had no mammograms in the last 12 months. For uninsured women, services will be paid for by the Cancer Screening Program of NY (CSPNY) if their income is no higher than 250 percent of the 2011 Federal Poverty Guidelines; there is no co-pay. For insured women, they must wait a year between each screening unless there is a finding that requires another screening in the short term. In that case, prior mammogram films would be needed before the short-term follow-up could be done. Most plans cover a mammography screening at age 40 and older. Women ages 35 to 39 are usually covered for one baseline mammogram. Insured women will pay a co-pay, if required by their insurance coverage, and they must know how often their insurer pays for mammograms.”
The next low-cost mammography screening is set for November 19 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  at the Woodhaven Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 78-15 Jamaica Ave., Woodhaven. 
Call Addabbo’s Howard Beach district office at 718-738-1111 to make an appointment.

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