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Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Since January is cervical cancer awareness month, the Fund is focusing on issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease and the importance of early detection. Cervical cancer is caused by a common virus called HPV. When found early, cancer of the cervix—the lower, narrow end of the uterus that connects the vagina to the upper part of the uterus—is highly treatable and associated with long survival rates and good quality of life. This is because screening tests and a vaccine to prevent HPV are available in the United States.

Fund Benefits Provide HPV Testing and Annual Check ups

To help prevent cervical cancer, the Fund encourages all women to get regular screenings with Pap tests that can detect cell changes before cancer develops. If you are age 30 or over, your healthcare provider may recommend that you have an HPV test along with your Pap. Below is an overview of your Fund benefits. Refer to the Summary Plan Description for details.

Adult Female Care

  • Comprehensive Major Medical Plan and Flexible Choice Plan Benefits both cover an annual gynecological exam and pap smear (including office visit expense). The Fund pays 100% of covered expenses and deductible does not apply as long as you use a PPO provider.
  • Comprehensive Major Medical Plan and Flexible Choice Plan Benefits both cover HPV testing. Fund pays 100% of covered expenses and deductible does not apply as long as you use a PPO provider.

Child Well Care

The HPV virus is usually passed through sexual activity, which is why the HPV vaccine is recommended for all females and males through age 26.

  • Comprehensive Major Medical Plan and Flexible Choice Plan Benefits both cover the HPV vaccine for girls and boys between the ages of 9 and 26. The Fund pays 100% of covered expenses and deductible does not apply as long as you use a PPO provider.

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