News Headline: New Program Funds Free Lung Cancer Screenings
Outlet Full Name: CBS 4 News
Author: Clay LePard
It’s the leading cause of cancer deaths in America; and yet most insurance policies don’t cover preventative care for lung cancer exams.
Genesis Philanthropy is still a very new program, and now, through a million dollar donation, they’re offering a free way for patients to breathe easier.
“This is a tremendously big problem if they have a history of smoking,” says Sally Werner, Executive Director of Caner Services, Genesis Health System.
“There are a lot of individuals that meet barriers such as costs that prevents them from doing preventative services,” says Missy Gowey, Executive Director of Genesis Philanthropy.
The new program offers free low dose CT scans, which normally can cost around $300.
“It currently isn’t covered from insurances and Medicare,” Werner adds.
While your insurance company won’t foot the bill, medical experts agree the scans are the best way to detect and treat lung cancer.
“It’s lifesaving,” Werner exclaims. “It’s the simplest way to say it; it can save your life.”
Maurice Beauregard is one of the first 20 people to take advantage of the free CT scans.
“I smoked for about 30 years,” he says.
His results were negative; but nonetheless, he says he sleeps easier now.
“It was like phew,” he says. “It’s unexplainable to know all those years I smoked doing damage to my body – but yet I’ve been given a second chance on life.”
In order to be eligible for the program, you need to fill out a confidential survey and then get a referral from your doctor.