Nurse Practitioner: women health care access improving

Nurse Practitioner: women health care access improving

This week encourages women to talk about our health. While getting or paying for acre can be intimidating and costly, Texas is improving its access for women.

Vivian Cox is a nurse practitioner with Covenant Medical Group. She thinks the state is making it easier for women to access healthcare. If someone does not qualify for medicare, you can apply for the Healthy Texas Women Program.

"In the last four years, we've seen a lot of improvement from where it went from a minimal coverage to now a more comprehensive coverage across the board for all women," Cox said. 

This includes cancer screenings, which Cox said are vital to prevention or early detection.

"Unfortunately some of those women have been 5 or 10 years between their annual exams or pap smears and we unfortunately do sometimes pick up cervical cancer in their late stages," Cox said.

Cox said it is difficult to treat once someone is in the late stages. She believes that is why it is crucial to never neglect your body.

"We always tend to put ourselves on the back burner, so I feel like its time for women just to take care of themselves and get the preventative screening that they need," Cox said.

Texas Tech Health Science Center also provides free annual exams twice a year through the Lubbock Impact. The organization also provides basic medical clinics year-round. 

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