The state of Texas has finalized its contract with the Abilene Diagnostic Clinic to offer uninsured women free or low-cost cancer screening services.
These services were previously available at the Taylor County Alliance for Women and Children, but the state wanted them to do done in a clinical setting instead.
The Abilene Diagnostic Clinic is now ready to help.
"What that means is for women who are between the ages of 18 and 64, who do not have insurance or are considered uninsured and a resident of Texas, can fill out an application," said Amy Fulcher with the Abilene Diagnostic Clinic. "They'll fill out an application. There's a little bit of an income guideline, but it's not very stringent. I've have very few people not qualify."
Here are some of those eligibility requirements:
1. Have an income at or below 200% poverty level
2. Be uninsured or unable to pay the insurance deductible or co-payment
3. Not be eligible for other programs that provide the same services
4. Meet certain age requirements
While the Abilene Diagnostic Clinic is set up to offer initial screenings, it will follow through with medical partners if test results come back abnormal; those services are also completely covered.
This is the only clinic in the Big Country offering these services for free or reduced cost.
The Abilene Diagnostic Clinic will also be able to provide STD testing and birth control for uninsured patients.
To see if you qualify, call the Abilene Diagnostic Clinic at 325-677-4904.
The office is located at 560 N. Judge Ely Blvd., however, their offices will be moving at the end of the month to 3449 N. 10th St.