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Make mammogram screenings a priority

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For subscribers of the State Health Plan, routine screening mammograms are covered at 100 percent as long as a participating facility is used and participants meet eligibility requirements.
  • If you are age 35 - 39, one baseline mammogram (four-view) will be covered during those years.
  • If you are age 40 - 74, one routine mammogram (four-view) a year will be covered.
  • Charges for routine mammograms performed at nonparticipating facilities are not covered, with the exception of procedures performed outside S.C.
  • Preventive mammogram benefits are in addition to benefits for diagnostic mammograms.  Any charges for additional mammograms are subject to deductibles and coinsurance.
  • For women, age 40 and older, covered as retirees and enrolled in Medicare, Medicare pays for one routine mammogram every year. The State Health Plan is primarily for women covered as active employees, regardless of Medicare eligibility.
If you are covered by Cigna or Blue Choice, visit for information about your insurance coverage for mammograms.
MUSC offers two ways for employees to make mammogram appointments:
1. Hollings Cancer Center community van visits MUSC every other month offering mammograms by appointment.  Next scheduled dates are Oct. 21 and Dec.15.  To make an appointment, call 792-0878.
2. In October, employees can get a screening mammogram done at the Hollings Cancer Center between noon and 12:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call 792-8439.

Health 1st’s Worksite Screening
Worksite screenings are offered monthly (except December) at different sites around campus. This screening is available for $15 or $42 depending on your insurance coverage. Register at and click on Worksite Screening. The next screening will be held in the University Hospital on Oct. 22.

Editor's note: The preceding column was brought to you on behalf of Health 1st. Striving to bring various topics and representing numerous employee wellness organizations and committees on campus, this weekly column seeks to provide MUSC, MUHA and UMA employees with current and helpful information concerning all aspects of health.


Friday, Sept. 25, 2009

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