Rhode Island and the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation are helping low-income women with insurance pay for breast cancer follow-up services.
The state Department of Health recently expanded the eligibility criteria for financial assistance, to make these services available to insured women whose incomes make it difficult for them to pay deductibles and fees.
A donation from the foundation made the change possible.
The state already helps uninsured women pay for these services.
Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott says more residents have health insurance to cover breast cancer screenings because of the Affordable Care Act.
But, she says, many struggle to pay for recommended follow-up services, such as diagnostic breast imaging, ultrasounds and biopsies, after an abnormal finding because high co-pays, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses start to kick in.