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Wisconsin Well Woman Program

REMEMBER, EARLY CANCER DETECTION IS THE BEST PROTECTION!

What is the Wisconsin Well Woman Program (WWWP)?

What does the program cover?

  • Breast cancer screenings every year: Clinical breast exam, mammogram
  • Cervical cancer screenings: Pap test, pelvic exam, HPV testing
  • Certain diagnostic testing as follow-up from abnormal screening results

*If you are enrolled in the WWWP and are diagnosed with breast cancer, cervical cancer, or pre-cancerous cervical lesion you may be eligible for Wisconsin Well Woman Medicaid which covers the cost of cancer treatment.

Who is eligible?

  • Women living in Wisconsin
  • Age 45-64 (exceptions include 35-44 and having breast symptoms, and over 65 without Medicare coverage)
  • Meet the income guidelines
  • Women who do not have health insurance, or the insurance they have doesn't cover routine check-ups and screening, or they are unable to pay the deductible or co-payment.

How do I enroll?

Mail OR fax completed Eligibility Form and Enrollment Form to the Local Coordinating Agent for Eau Claire County:

Mail to: Eau Claire City-County Health Dept., Attn: WWWP
720 2nd Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54703

OR Fax to: 715-839-1674, Attn: WWWP

  • Enrollment is good for one year
  • Once enrolled, you will receive a packet of information on how to use the program
  • Annually you will receive a letter asking if you would like to re-enroll. Prompt re-enrollment is recommended to prevent gaps in coverage

Please call with any questions: 715-839-4718

 

How often should I get screened?

Breast Cancer Screenings

  • A clinical breast exam is recommended every year and is done by a medical provider who is trained to feel for breast abnormalities.
  • Mammograms are recommended every year for women 40 years and older. Mammograms make it possible to detect tumors that cannot be felt.

Cervical Cancer Screenings

  • Pap tests with a pelvic exam are recommended every 3 years. Pap tests check cells from the cervix for cancer.
  • A Pap test and pelvic exam, along with HPV test is recommended every 5 years. HPV (Human papilloma virus) is one cause of cervical cancer.

Changes to Cervical Cancer Screening Rules

How do screening appointments work?

How do I make an appointment?

  • Do not make an appointment until you receive your card
  • Contact a participating provider
  • Be sure to tell the provider that you are enrolled in the Wisconsin Well Woman Program

If you have other health concerns you want to discuss with your provider, make a separate appointment or your provider can bill you for uncovered services.

What should I take to my appointment?

  • Keep all of your WWWP forms
  • Take your pink card with you to all of your appointments
  • Show your pink card to the receptionist when you show up for your appointment so they know to bill WWWP
  • If you lose your pink card, call your coordinator before your appointment

If you think you have been sent a bill - call your coordinator to help you straighten things out.

What is covered if my doctor wants to do other testing or treatment?

  • If you had an abnormal result at your first appointment , the provider may want to set up another appointment with you for further (diagnostic) testing.
    • First, ask your provider if the services they want to do will be paid for by WWWP or if you will have to pay for them. If they don't know, call your coordinator.
    • Second, if WWWP will pay for some or all of the services make sure to bring your WWWP pink card to the appointment. WWWP follows national guidelines for abnormal result follow-ups.
  • If your provider says you need testing or treatment for health problems other than breast or cervical cancer, you would be responsible to pay for those services. 
    • Make sure to tell your provider that you will be paying for these other services.
    • Tell them you need them to keep costs down as much as possible

What if I am diagnosed with cancer?

If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, cervical cancer, or a pre-cancerous cervical lesion:

  • If you have health insurance, treatment services may be covered under your current plan. Contact your health insurance company or medical assistance representative to see what your plan covers.

  • If you don't have health insurance, Call your coordinator immediately @ 715-839-4718! You may be eligible for Wisconsin Well Woman Medicaid that would cover the costs of your breast or cervical cancer treatment. There is a certain form to fill out at that time.