Since the inception of the ACA – The Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans have signed on for health insurance. But as many of our grantees know, this was not a panacea. There are still access and education issues with those that have signed on and there are many do not qualify for ACA.
Mammography Voucher Program illustrates a case of how being ineligible impacts lives but provides an example agencies can still offer quality services.
On July 1st Wanda Otero (MVP assistant) was doing an event at La Clinica Guadalupana, Pinellas County's Clinic for Hispanic and Latina women who are primarily undocumented.
She was approached by a 45 year old Hispanic woman who had never had a mammogram. Wanda assisted her with the MVP application. She was scheduled her a clinical breast exam and screening mammogram. The results of the mammogram showed a left breast nodule and calcifications. She was schedule her diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound with the results indicating she needed a stereotactic biopsy. The results were positive for left breast cancer. Even though the patient had 2 small children, she was not eligible for Medicaid for treatment because of her undocumented status. Her care was case managed by MVP staff: assigned a surgeon and is currently undergoing treatment. Patient was screened, had diagnostic imaging, biopsy, and began treatment within 5 weeks of filling out the application.