FAQs

Bonnie’s Bus Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Q:  How can I schedule an appointment on Bonnie’s Bus?

A:  Please check our calendar for a list of upcoming visits and contact the hosting organization directly. 

Q:  Who can get a mammogram on Bonnie’s Bus?

A:  Bonnie’s Bus provides screening mammograms for:

  • Any woman living in West Virginia, age 40 or older regardless of her ability to pay, and
  • Any woman living in West Virginia, age 35-39 requesting a baseline mammogram with a payment source
  • Any woman over 40 who has had a previous problem but has returned for her routine mammogram can receive a mammogram
  • Any woman living outside of West Virginia, age 40 and older with a payment source

No woman living in West Virginia, age 40 or older will be turned away due to inability to pay or lack of insurance.

Q:  What type of payment is accepted on Bonnie’s Bus?

A: Mammograms on Bonnie’s Bus are not free. The Bus serves women who have:

  • Private Insurance
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WV BCCSP)
    • High-risk women 40-49 who are enrolled in the program
    • Any woman 50-64 who are enrolled in the program
  • Bonnie’s Bus grant funds
    • Available for women 40 or older living in West Virginia who are not covered by any of the payment options listed above.

Q: Does Bonnie’s Bus Have Funding for Additional Tests or Diagnostic Services?

A:  Funding is not available through Bonnie’s Bus to pay for additional tests or diagnostic services needed as a result of a screening mammogram.

Q:  What do I need to bring to the appointment?

A: Women should bring the following to the Bus:

  • Their insurance information,
  • Driver’s license or picture ID, and
  • A health care provider’s orders

Women should plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the appointment to check-in with staff and complete the appropriate paperwork.  

In addition, women should not wear:

  • Deodorant,
  • Lotion, or
  • Perfume on the underarm or chest area

Q:  How often should I get a mammogram?

A:  Current screening guidelines for mammography vary based on your age and risk. Please speak with your doctor to decide which schedule is right for you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests following these guidelines.

Q:  How soon will I get my results?

A:  Final results and recommendations will be sent both to the woman and her referring physician within 30 days. 

Q:  If I need follow-up who do I contact?

A:  Patients whose mammograms suggest a need for further diagnosis and treatment will be referred back to their local referring physician and healthcare facilities for diagnostic evaluation. 

Q:  How does my clinic request mammography images after a visit?

A:  Mammography images can be requested via email, fax or telephone. For details, see this document

Q:  How can I get the bus to come to my area? 

A: Individuals and communities in West Virginia can submit a request for Bonnie's Bus to come to their area to provide mammograms. There is no cost to organizations to host Bonnie’s Bus. The Bus runs on its own generator and requires a hard, flat space at least 45 feet long with at least 13 feet of overhead clearance. Because it weighs over 40,000 pounds, the parking area must have a solid surface, like concrete or pavement. Communities and organizations interested in hosting Bonnie’s Bus can call 304-293-2370 or 877-287-2272 or request a visit online by filling out this form.   

Q:  Does Bonnie’s Bus Screen Transgender Patients?

A: Yes, transgender patients may need screening mammography depending on age, hormone use, and presence of breast tissue. Patients should consult with their doctor.