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 age 40 or older regardless of her ability to pay.
No one will be turned away due to inability to pay or lack of insurance.
- Any woman over 40 who has had a previous problem but has returned for her routine mammogram can receive a mammogram.
- Any woman age 35-39 may request a baseline mammogram as long as she has a payment source.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: The Bus serves women who have private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, as well as uninsured women who qualify for the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. Grant funds and donations are available to pay for women without coverage, so that no woman age 40 or over is ever turned away.
Q: What type of payment is accepted on Bonnie’s Bus?
A: Bonnie’s Bus accepts the following type of payment. No woman over 40 will be turned away regardless of her ability to pay.
- Private Insurance
- 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 is enrolled in the program.
- Local Komen funds
- Use of local Komen funds is determined by the grant recipient.
- Bonnie’s Bus grant funds
- Available for women 40 or older who are not covered by any of the payment options listed above.
Q: What do I need to bring to the appointment?
A: Women should bring 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: What can I expect during a mammogram?
A: To view firsthand the what to expect during a mammogram, watch this video:
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 suggest following these guidelines: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/pdf/BreastCancerScreeningGuidelines.pdf
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. Bonnie's Bus can provide assistance in scheduling follow-up visits if needed.
Q: If I need follow-up who do I contact?
A: Women 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 40 feet long with 13 feet of overhead clearance. Because it weighs 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.