Uninsured Oklahomans in western and central Oklahoma should have improved access to mammograms and other breast care services, thanks to a grant awarded to an Oklahoma-based nonprofit organization.
Oklahoma Project Woman has received an $80,400 one-year grant from the Susan G. Komen Central and Western Oklahoma organization to provide screenings and diagnostic mammograms to uninsured Oklahomans.
The organization is a statewide comprehensive program that provides free mammograms, diagnostic procedures and surgical services for Oklahomans with no health insurance or limited financial resources.
This is the first large grant that Oklahoma Project Woman has received to expand its services to 14 counties in central and western Oklahoma, including Logan, Lincoln and Cleveland counties.
Anne Bogie, the Oklahoma Project Woman executive director, said many of the residents the group helps make too much money to qualify for the state’s Medicaid program, but don’t have the money to pay for health care services.
“Many times, children are much easier to get on an insurance program, and a lot of times the men will get some type of insurance through their job, and so a lot of times it’s the women who are the ones who go without,” Bogie said. “They take care of their children first.”
An estimated 590,000 Oklahoman adults younger than 64 are uninsured, including about 106,000 women who live in the 14 counties that Oklahoma Project Woman will serve with the Komen grant, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Additionally, Oklahoma sees a significant number of women who don’t get mammograms.
About 30 percent of Oklahoma women ages 50 and older report not having a mammogram in the past two years, according to state Health Department data.
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To learn more about Oklahoma Project Woman, go to www.oklahomaprojectwoman.org.