- Breast & Cervical Health Check (BCHC) is the State of Alaska's program that pays for breast and cervical cancer screening and other diagnostic services.
- BCHC does not cover the cost of all tests or services you may need. Ask whether you may have to pay for some tests or services not covered by BCHC.
- If you have health insurance, you insurance will be billed before BCHC is billed.
- You may receive statements about your care.
- Read and keep track of all your statements. If you think there is an error or have questions, call BCHC at 800.410.6266
- BCHC refers women to Medicaid when treatment is needed.
Referral to Medicaid does not guarantee coverage.
- PPGNW and BCHC treats all clinical and personal information as confidential.
- Your enrollment in BCHC is valid for one year from the date of enrollment.
What are "breast and cervical health screenings?"
"Screening" refers to tests and exams used to find a disease, such as cancer, in people who may not have symptoms. The earlier any cancer is found, including breast or cervical cancer, the better chances are that treatment will work.
Breast cancer screenings include breast exam by a clinician, and depending on your age, a mammogram.
Cervical Cancer screening includes a pelvic exam and a Pap test by a clinician
What does BCHC pay for?
BCHC pays for clinical breast exams, pelvic exams, Pap test and screening and diagnostic mammograms appropriate to your age and medical history.
BCHC can pay for approved screening exams. If any exam results are abnormal, BCHC can also pay for approved diagnostic tests to rule out problems, including cancer.
BCHC can't pay everything. For example, we can't pay for birth control, general bloodwork, or diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.
Are you eligible?
You are if your income is below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level.
Your gross income (before taxes) must be at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level. That's less than $2,833 per month for a single person, less than $3,829 per month for a married couple or less than $5,821 per month for a married couple with two children.
Where can you get screened?
Planned Parenthood Health Centers in Alaska: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Soldotna.