Free Breast Health Program – Aid for Mammography Fund

Clinical Breast Exam, 3D Mammogram and more!

The Aid for Mammography Fund helps local residents in need obtain clinical office visits, breast exams, screening mammograms and other necessary related diagnostic procedures. It is available to qualifying low-income, under-insured and uninsured valley residents. To qualify for Aid for Mammography funds you must be a Ravalli County Resident and your gross family income must be equal to or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

Accessing the Aid for Mammography fund:

1. Application Form

Fill out the Aid for Mammography Fund application. Once approved, select a medical provider of your choice and obtain a clinical breast exam. When scheduling your appointment, confirm that the primary care provider participants in the Aid for Mammography fund program. This initial primary care provider appointment will be covered by the Aid for Mammography Fund and they will assist you in scheduling the screening 3D mammogram appointment at Marcus Daly Imaging Services.

2. Ask Your Primary Care Provider

During your annual exam ask your medical provider to submit a written authorization request for Aid for Mammography benefits. Authorization is processed quickly and on a case by case basis.

Qualified applicants will receive a breast screening services authorization letter. Upon receipt, you or your medical provider can schedule your mammogram screening appointment at Marcus Daly Imaging Services by calling (406) 375-4426. Please inform them that you are approved for services under the Aid for Mammography Fund. You must present your authorization letter at each of your appointments.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are steps to good breast health?

According to the American Cancer Society, “simply being a woman is the main risk factor for developing breast cancer. Men can develop breast cancer, but this disease is about 100 times more common among women than men. About 1 out of 8 invasive breast cancers are found in women younger than 45, while 2 of 3 are found in women age 55 or older.” Breast self-exams, plus clinician breast exam and mammograms can save your life!

How quickly is the Aid for Mammography fund application processed?

The applications are processed fairly quickly. The online application can be processed in just a few days.

Will the approved application expire?

Breast screening services through the Aid for Mammography fund are good for up to 12 months; however you should schedule your appointments as quickly as possible, because after 12 months the authorization expires and will need to reapply.

What if I have an abnormal screening test?

Additional diagnostic testing may also be provided through Marcus Daly Imaging Services for follow-up of abnormal screening tests as recommended by the clinician. They may include:

  • Diagnostic mammogram
  • Ultrasound
  • Needle localization
  • Biopsy
  • Pathology
  • Radiology interpretations

Following diagnostic testing, up to two visits total to your primary care provider will be covered as necessary to review test results. The MDMH Aid for Mammography Fund has established a set benefit amount for breast screening services. If services exceed these amounts, MDMH will not be responsible for the balance.

What if I have been diagnosed with breast cancer?

MDMH Imaging will help you get the services you need.

Thank you to the Bitterroot Valley for their participation in the SPRINKLE PINK program, now known as COLORS of CANCER, which partially funds the Aid for Mammography fund. All donations stay LOCAL and help Ravalli County Residents catch Breast Cancer early! On average 150 Ravalli County residents are treated through the Aid for Mammography fund. This means lives may have been SAVED that otherwise may have been lost!

Questions about the Aid for Mammography Fund call (406) 375-4824.


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