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LBCHP Eligibility, Screening Recommendations

The hope is that those numbers will start to change since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that cervical cancer Pap test screenings be covered by all insurance plans, and as word gets out that low-income, uninsured and underinsured women are eligible for federal testing programs. In this state, the CDC-funded Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program (LBCHP) (www.lbchp.org) provides cervical cancer screenings for women between 21-64 years old and whose household incomes are at or below 200 percent of the 2014 Federal Poverty Level. (That translates into an annual income of under $23,340 for a single person, for example, or $47,700 for a family of four, etc.)

Women should also know that screening interval recommendations have changed and become less burdensome. Health organizations, ranging from the American Cancer Society to the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, recommend that average-risk women be screened every three years - not annually, as in the past.