RE: We Care Free Mammogram Program Ending April 2014.
TO: Clients and Supporters of DWE
FROM: Board of Directors
DATE: December 2013
The Board of Directors of Desert Women for Equality believes that the Affordable Healthcare Act (called “Covered California in our State) will now help all of you get your annual mammogram screening for free or for an affordable cost. Therefore, we can no longer pay for your screenings after March 2014 but we hope that you will sign up quickly for health insurance coverage for all your preventive medical care.
There will only be four (4) clinics in 2014—two in January (Desert Hot Springs on January 9 and Cathedral City on January 30), one on February 13 in Indio, and one on March 13 in Coachella. The good news is that we will have a Healthcare Navigator present at these clinics who will educate you about the new health care insurance and help you sign up for your own insurance.
It is very important that you register for health care insurance under the Affordable Healthcare Act (call Covered California at 800-300-1506 or visit its website at www.coveredca.com so that you can schedule your next annual mammogram screening. Remember, all of you need to have an annual mammogram!
If your doctor and/or clinic needs to see past mammogram films, they can contact Cindy Kingery at Physician‘s Diagnostic Imaging, 3179 Alta Laguna Blvd., Laguna Beach, CA 92651 by either calling her at (949) 464-9263 or faxing her at (949) 464-9252 with a request for the film(s). She will promptly forward your film(s) to your doctor/clinic.
Since June 2006 we have been helping the uninsured/underinsured women of Coachella Valley by paying for their annual mammogram and by program’s end will have completed 6,000 mammogram screenings saving countless lives in our Valley. It has been an honor and a privilege to help all of you and we wish you a healthy road ahead with your new medical home.
All the best,
BARBARA BARRETT, PRESIDENT