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  • October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2014

    Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment

    The Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment (BCCPT) Program is administered by the Department of Public Welfare and provides full health care benefits to women needing treatment for breast or cervical cancer, or a pre-cancerous condition of the breast or cervix, who are:

    • Screened and diagnosed under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
    • Uninsured or having no creditable insurance
    • Under age 65
    • United States citizen or eligible alien resident of Pennsylvania

    Women who qualify for this coverage can receive free health care, including health care for medical needs unrelated to a breast or cervical cancer diagnosis, throughout their course of treatment for cancer or a pre-cancerous condition of the breast or cervix.

    To qualify for this comprehensive healthcare coverage, a woman must be screened and diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer, or a pre-cancerous condition of the breast or cervix, through the Department of Health's HealthyWoman Program. The Department of Health imposes a 250 percent income limit based upon the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines, which are updated annually. Non-participating providers can refer women to the HealthyWoman Program by calling 1-800-215-7494 or by visiting www.pahealthywoman.org.

    The HealthyWoman Program provides free:

    • Mammograms
    • Clinical breast and pelvic exams
    • Pap tests

    HealthyWoman has a simple application for women to apply for free services through the HealthyWoman Program and healthcare coverage under the BCCPT Program. HealthyWoman will provide each woman with a brochure describing the BCCPT Program, forward the woman's application for the BCCPT Program to your local County Assistance Office for determination of eligibility, and if diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer or a pre-cancerous condition of the breast or cervix, provide the woman with a folder of information about the BCCPT Program, including how to access healthcare.

    To learn more about the HealthyWoman Program, visit www.health.state.pa.us.

    Breast Cancer Screening

    Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer for women in the United States. It accounts for one-third of all cancer deaths in females in Pennsylvania. The Department of Health's HealthyWoman Program (HWP) provides screening services to low income, uninsured or underinsured women.

    About the Program

    The HWP provides free mammograms and Pap tests to qualified women in over 200 provider sites throughout the state. The sites are operated by hospitals, health centers and family planning agencies. You may qualify for the HWP if you:

    • are 40 to 60 years of age (women under 40 may also qualify if they are having symptoms), and;
    • have no insurance or limited insurance, and;
    • have low to moderate income.

    For more information about the HWP visit www.pahealthywoman.org or call 1-800-215-7494. If breast or cervical cancer is detected through the HWP and you are under age 65, you may be able to receive free treatment through the Department of Public Welfare.