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Mammography

An annual screening mammogram is one of the best methods available to detect breast cancer in its early stages when it's easier to treat successfully. The American Cancer Society recommends women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.

Coverage for UW Faculty, Staff, Librarians

Did you know that mammograms are covered under your Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) medical benefits?

  • For women age 40 and older, annual mammogram screening is covered at 100%. In addition, the annual deductible does not apply.
  • For women under age 40, the coinsurance and the annual deductible apply if your network provider refers you for a mammogram. However, you pay all related costs if you self-refer for a mammogram.

View the Certificate of Coverage for your health plan. Click the search tab within the document to find "mammogram." Read what's covered under your plan. You may need to visit a network provider within an allowed time period in order to receive full coverage.

Campus MammoVan—Mobile Mammography Service

The University of Washington has partnered with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) to bring the "MammoVan," a mobile mammography service to campus. This service is available to Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) enrollees only, with claims to be paid by Regence.

Note: Group Health members are required to receive all mammography services from a Group Health Cooperative facility. Claims submitted from a non-Group Health facility will not be reimbursed.

The MammoVan is scheduled to visit convenient campus locations on a regular basis, making it easier than ever for you to get your mammogram during your work day!

The average appointment time is about 15 minutes. First appointment starts at 8:30 a.m. Last appointment starts at 3:30 p.m.

For other locations in the Greater Seattle area. Go to www.seattlecca.org or call 206-288-7800.

MammoVan FAQS

Who is this service for?
This service is for female UW faculty, staff, and librarians who are age 40 or better and are covered by Uniform Medical Plan (Regence).
Is an appointment necessary?
While no appointment is necessary, making an appointment assures that you will receive a mammogram at your scheduled time. To schedule an appointment, please call 206-288-7800 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Walk-in appointments are accepted whenever possible. If you see the van in service, please knock on the door to inquire about the next open appointment.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Please bring the name and address of your primary care physician, your UMP/Regence medical insurance card, and a picture ID. Please do not wear any deodorant, lotions or creams the day of your appointment.
Should I confirm my appointment?
Yes, it's a good idea to call 206-288-7800 to confirm your appointment date, time, and location.
What happens after my appointment?
After your appointment, Regence will be billed directly. The results of your exam will be mailed to you and your physician within 7-10 business days.
How should I prepare for a mammogram?
The National Women's Health Information Center offers these guidelines for what to do before a mammogram:
  • When scheduling the appointment, plan to go about one week after your period. Your breasts will be less sore at this time.
  • If you have breast implants, make sure you tell the facility about them when you schedule your appointment.
  • The day of your mammogram, wear a separate shirt and skirt, shorts, or pants, not a dress. It will be easier to just remove your top during the mammogram.
  • To avoid shadows on your result, don't use any lotions, powders, deodorant, or perfumes on the day of your mammogram.