Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Program

The Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Program is a women’s health initiative, conducted by the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, that focuses on breast and cervical cancer screening. The screenings are free or low cost if you meet program eligibility requirements. More than 700 women per year are helped by this program at CHI locations.

Receive the “Full Circle of Care”:

  • Mammogram
  • Clinical Breast Exam
  • Pap Smear
  • Pelvic Exam
  • Several follow-up tests, if needed
  • Treatment, if needed

Services are provided to women and transgender women (male to female who have taken or are taking hormones) who:

  • Are 50-64 years of age
  • Are uninsured or underinsured
  • Meet federal income guidelines (200% below the federal poverty limit)
  • Live in Miami-Dade or Monroe counties and have a photo ID.

This program is the only one in the nation that pays for all exams, tests and treatment to those who qualify. Everything is paid for from a patient needing a biopsy to chemotherapy for up to five years. The program’s only requirement is that patients keep all their appointments.

“This is the only program specifically for breast and cervical cancer screening in the nation that pays for everything,” said Lenise Banwarie, program manager for the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Program in Miami-Dade County. “CHI is one of our best partners and we are proud to work with CHI to help their patients.”

“Our patients are very happy with the program,” said CHI Employee Suyapa Funes, who coordinates the program, also known as Project Screen, at CHI.

For more information, call Suyapa Funes at 786-245-2716.

Program Information

The scope of the program includes:

  • Breast and cervical cancer screening exams (clinical breast exams, mammograms, and Pap tests) to approximately 5 percent of the at-need population as funding allows.
  • Diagnostic funds are reserved for women screened through the program.
  • Care coordination to all clients with abnormal exams.
  • Women screened through the program and diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer are referred to the Florida Medicaid Program for eligibility determination.
  • Paid breast and cervical cancer treatment through Medicaid for eligible women screened through the program.

The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program as administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funds the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. The program was created in response to the Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Act of 1990; Public Law 101-354. It has been awarded funding by the CDC since 1994.

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