Caring Connections is a cooperative program of the Bangor YMCA and Eastern Maine Medical Center, providing outreach, education, advocacy, and support as well as access to quality breast and cervical health services. Caring Connections works with the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program and Eastern Maine Medical Center to provide Pap tests, mammograms and other breast and cervical health tests free to women who qualify.
What many women do not know is the income guidelines for the Caring Connections programs are higher than that of many other social services. For example, a single woman can have a gross income of $30,150. A family of four can make up to $61,500. Those who have medical insurance can also enroll in the program if they qualify financially. Currently all insurances are required to cover Pap tests and screening mammograms but diagnostic tests are often not covered until a person’s deductible has been reached.
Caring Connections also provides support for those diagnosed with cancer. They offer support groups and a free retreat for those with breast cancer. The Men’s Cancer Network is a monthly meeting for men diagnosed with prostate, testicular or penile cancers. Caring Connections staff attend cancer related appointments with people. Healing Touch, a complementary energy therapy is also offered to those diagnosed with cancer and caregivers.
If you would like more information on Caring Connections services or would like to sign up for our free newsletter, call the YMCA at 941-2808 and ask for Caring Connections.
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