Alliance for Women and Children Receives Contract Extension

Alliance for Women and Children Receives Contract Extension

By Toni Brown, Executive Director – Alliance for Women and Children

 

 

 

June 17, 2013, Abilene, TX – Alliance for Women and Children has accepted a contract extension from the Texas Department of State Health Services to provide women in the Big Country with breast and cervical cancer services through September 30, 2013. After receiving notice the contract would not be renewed, the Alliance requested the extension to ensure women receive care without interruption as DSHS identifies and transitions the program to a clinical-based administrator. On Friday, June 14, the Alliance received notification from DSHS indicating their intent to rescind the previous notice sent on May 31 and offered an extension to continue funding through September 30, 2013. State Senator Troy Fraser and State Representatives Susan King and Drew Darby advocated on behalf of the Alliance for this contract extension with DSHS to ensure continuity of care for the women served by this program as DSHS searches for a contractor to offer these services in a clinical setting. {{more}} “Alliance has more than two decades of expertise and a reputation as the access point for women who need services,” said Dee Harris, president of the Board of Directors. “This ensures continuous care for the women of our community and provides time to ensure an orderly transition to a clinical based setting.” DSHS is in the process of contacting the Alliance’s medical subcontracted providers and will determine who will operate the BCCS program in this area moving forward. “The Alliance will assist with the transition to the new clinical-based setting because we believe it is critical women receive continuity of care,” said Toni Brown, executive director at the Alliance. “This extension will also allow hundreds of women to receive access to life-saving services, and help dozens navigate through cancer diagnosis and qualify for Medicaid.” Since 1991, women enrolled in the Alliance’s Women’s Health Awareness program to provide breast and cervical cancer screenings have received excellent care at all times. The Alliance has provided free breast and cervical cancer screening services to tens of thousands of women and diagnosed hundreds with breast or cervical cancer, then assisting them to access Medicaid for Breast and Cervical Cancer to fully cover their treatment. For more twenty years, the Alliance has assisted in the uninterrupted administration of the DSHS Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening program in as many as 36 counties. With the partnerships of more than 30 well-respected area medical providers, this program has provided more than $1,000,000 worth of medical services annually to tens of thousands of women in medically underserved areas spanning from Abilene to San Angelo to Brownwood and many areas in between. Since its inception in 1920, the Alliance for Women and Children has provided quality programs to empower women and children. The organization will continue to serve women and has formed a task force of community partners to asses community needs to determine how best to promote the well-being and self-sufficiency of women and their families in our community.