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All Women Count! (AWC!) Program

Each year in South Dakota:

  • Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women.
  • An estimated 680 women are diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • An estimated 110 women die from breast cancer.
  • Fewer than 25 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer.
  • An estimated 9 women die from cervical cancer.

All Women Count! (AWC!) Program:

  • Provides low-income, uninsured, and under-insured women in South Dakota timely breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services.
  • Mammograms, Pap smears, and related exams are available at no cost to eligible women at more than 800 individual providers and facilities.
  • The AWC! Program pays the providers directly.

Eligibility:
Women who meet income guidelines, and are under-insured and are in specific age groups may be eligible for the AWC! Program.

Income Guidelines:

Number of people in your house:Your yearly household income can be up to:
1$25,520
2$34,480
3$43,440
4$52,400
5$61,360
6$70,320

Call 1-800-738-2301 (in SD only), for more information. Effective February 1, 2020. 

Insurance Guidelines:
Women who are either:

  • Without insurance to pay for screening exams.
  • Or, who are insured but cannot pay for the deductible or copayment.
    • AWC! would be the secondary payer.

Age Guidelines:
Women in the following age groups, who are also Income and Insurance eligible, could be eligible for certain services:

  • Age 30-64 for Pap smears
  • Age 40-64 for Mammograms
  • Age 30-39 require pre-authorization through their healthcare provider.

A woman can be eligible for the program until

  • She turns 65 or
  • The household income exceeds program guidelines or
  • She acquires Medicare B or Medicaid.

Services Covered by the AWC! Program:

  • Breast Services: Screening Mammograms, Diagnostic Mammograms, Breast Ultrasounds, Breast Biopsies, and Screening MRI (for High Risk Women Only).
  • Cervical Services: Pap Testing, Primary HPV Testing, Co-Testing (combination of pap testing with HPV testing), Cervical Biopsies, Colposcopy, LEEP, and Cone.

How to Enroll:

For more information on the All Women Count! (AWC!) program, call 211 or search our online database:

Sources:

Disclaimer: This HelpSheet is developed by the Helpline Center. HelpSheets provide a brief overview of the designated topic. For more information, call 211 or text your zip code to 898211.

 Updated: August 2020

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