Kent Co. program helps cover womens' medical bills

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and officials at the Kent County Health Department want women to know all of their options for treatment.

Sally Cory from the Kent County Health Department says the Women's Health Network is unfortunately one of the county's better kept secrets.

The program, which has been around since 1993, provides mammograms, clinical breast exams, pelvic exams and pap smears. It’s open to people between 40 and 64 years old who meet certain low-income guidelines and are uninsured or underinsured.

Pamela Strebel didn't have insurance when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"The pain was so bad, I had no options but to go get it checked out," she said.

"The first nurse who examined me told me it was not a good situation that I was in. It was very bad," she added.

On her first day of treatment, the Women's Health Network offered Strebel hope by covering her medical expenses.

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