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KHEIR Center Update From State On Mammogram Program

Until Further Notice, KHEIR Community Clinic Will No Longer Offer Free Mammograms
After January 1, 2010

(LOS ANGELES, CA - December 8, 2009) - Due to the increasing demand of breast cancer screening services and declining state revenues, the KHEIR Community Clinic has been notified by the State of California that:


Cancer Detect Programs: Every Woman Counts (CDP: EWC) will stop paying for breast cancer screenings for women under 50. A woman in the age range of 40-49, who receives an abnormal result from a screening provided before January 1, 2010 will receive services until she has a final diagnosis and she is referred for treatment, if needed.

2. From January 1, 2010 to June 30, 2010, CDP: EWC will stop enrolling new women for breast cancer screening. CDPH is assessing the budget situation as it relates to allowing new enrollments to women 50+ beyond June 30, 2010.

Frequently Asked Questions (From the State of California):

Question: Why was it decided to stop breast cancer screening specifically for women 40-49 years of age?
Answer: Most breast cancer cases occur in women over 50. CDPH is directing its limited funds to this age group.

Q: Has CDP: EWC looked into other funding sources for providing breast cancer
screening to women 40-49?
A: Yes, however other State funding is not available at this time.

Q: Where can women age 40-49, who used to be served by CDP: EWC, go for breast cancer screening?
A: Women seeking breast cancer screening services can contact their local Health Department, American Cancer Society or the CDP: EWC Regional Contractor (http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/CancerDetection/Pages/RegionalContractors.aspx)
for information about alternate low to no cost resources in their Region.

Q: Will women age 40-49 enrolled in CDP: EWC with confirmed, abnormal clinical breast exam result or abnormal mammogram result need to pay out of pocket for the diagnostic phase of CDP: EWC services?
A: No. Women currently enrolled in CDP: EWC who have an abnormality detected will remain in the program until a final diagnosis is made and treatment, if needed, is started.

Q: I am under the age of 50. Can I still get screened for cervical cancer?
A: Yes. These policies do not change cervical cancer screening services. CDP: EWC will
continue to provide eligible women age 25 and older preventive cervical cancer screening services.

Q: Why will new enrollments for breast cancer screening stop for six months?
A: This change will allow the program to stay within its budget this fiscal year. Women who are 50 and older, and who are already enrolled in CDP: EWC will continue to be offered breast cancer screening services.

For any additional questions, please email cancerdetection@cdph.ca.gov. To schedule vaccinations or other health services for all age groups, please contact the KHEIR-S. Mark Taper Foundation Community Clinic at 213-637-1070, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment only.

KHEIR Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency founded in 1986, offers culturally and linguistically appropriate health care and social services to the low income, limited-English speaking Korean and Latino residents of Southern California. In addition to operating the only full-time community clinic with majority Korean patient base in the United States to offer assistance in English, Spanish and Korean, the organization maintains a Social Services Department and two Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) centers that render more than 80,000 service visits and 100,000 hot meals on an annual basis. http://www.lakheir.org

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