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State program can help your cancer patients pay for treatments
e-Reports, December 6, 2010
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A state program may be able to help your patients who have been diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer pay for their treatments.

Women under age 65 who are at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level may qualify for Medicaid MA-12 through the Indiana Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP). Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the program provides full treatment coverage to any woman who meets the age and income qualifications, regardless of where she was diagnosed.

Patients may apply for the program by calling the Indiana Family Helpline at (800) 433-0746.

“Women can either call the helpline to find a physician, or if they see a physician who is contracted with the BCCP, they can sign up at the physician’s office,” explained Erin Triplett, BCCP’s director.

The program also provides free screening and diagnostic tests to women between the ages of 40 and 64 who are below the 200 percent Federal Poverty Level. Services include:

  • Colposcopies (with or without biopsies)
  • Liquid-based cytology tests every other year
  • High-risk panel HPV testing
  • Office visits
  • Pelvic exams/tests
  • Clinical breast exams
  • Mammograms
  • Diagnostic breast ultrasounds
  • Breast biopsies
  • Consultations

To qualify for screenings, women must see physicians contracted with the BCCP provider network.

Help is needed
The BCCP seeks physicians to join its network to provide screening and diagnostics for these patients. Billing goes to the BCCP and reimbursement is based on the current Medicare rate.

For information, go to the ISDH website. For questions, call (317) 233-7405.

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