Tennessee women who have been diagnosed through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program are eligible for Medicaid coverage for treating and preventing their condition from developing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved the state’s early detection program for women with income under 250 percent of the federal poverty level. The Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program is administered by the Tennessee Department of Health. Screenings are offered through the county health departments.
To be eligible for preventive and diagnostic services, a woman must be a resident of Tennessee without health insurance or whose insurance does not cover these screenings, with income up to 250 percent of FPL ($27,925 annually for an individual). Age is also a factor, as women over the age of 40 are at a higher risk for these cancers. Therefore, the program is open to women between ages 40 and 65.
Those who receive negative test results and need treatment for breast or cervical cancer, as well as precancerous conditions, may be eligible for TennCare’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. To qualify for coverage through TennCare Medicaid for treatment of breast and cervical cancer, women must have been diagnosed by a county health department through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. They may begin the process by receiving medical assistance through Presumptive Eligibility (PE), which provides treatment while their TennCare application is approved. Coverage under PE lasts for up to 45 days before the program makes a decision. If your application is approved, you will have access to full TennCare Medicaid in addition to free cancer treatment.
BCCP Income Guidelines
To qualify for screening services, women must have income that does not exceed the amount listed below for their corresponding family size. These incomes are based on the current 2012 federal poverty guideline. For household with over 8 persons, add $825 per month of $9,900 per year for each additional family member.
Family of 1: $2,327 monthly, $27,925 annually
Family of 2: $3,152 monthly, $37,825 annually
Family of 3: $3,977 monthly, $47,725 annually
Family of 4: $4,802 monthly, $57,625 annually
Family of 5: $5,627 monthly, $67,525 annually
Family of 6: $6,452 monthly, $77,425 annually
Family of 7: $7,277 monthly, $87,325 annually
Family of 8: $8,102 monthly, $97,225 annually
Through the screening program, women can receive the following services to discover any trace of cancerous growth and abnormality:
- Clinical breast exams
- Diagnostic tests for abnormal results
- Pap tests
- Pelvic exams
- Referral for treatment
Contact your Local Health Department for more information regarding this program. To receive screening services, you do not need to enroll in TennCare. All services may be obtained through your nearest county health department. When you contact your county health department, they will inform you of the specific facility where you can obtain such services. For those who have already been diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer, or received abnormal results from BCCP screenings, apply for TennCare Medicaid and begin PE benefits while your form is being processed.
The Breast and Cervical Screening Program also works with several clinics to provide these services:
- Matthew Walker Community Health center – Davidson County
- Meharry Medical Services – Nashville
- Franklin Road Women’s Center – Nashville
- Memphis Health Center
- Church Health Center – Memphis
- Christ Community Health Center- Memphis
- Rural Medical Services – East and Northeast TN
- Memorial Hospital sites – Chattanooga
- East Jackson Family Medical Center – Jackson
Contact the Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening Program
1. TennCare. “Women with Breast or Cervical Cancer”. http://www.tn.gov/tenncare/mem-categories.shtml#Womencancer.
2. Nashville.gov. “Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program”. http://health.nashville.gov/BreastCervicalScreen.htm.