As a grantee of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), Breast and Cervical Cancer Services (BCCS) is partly funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Congress established the NBCCEDP in 1991 by enacting the Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-354). NBCCEDP was reauthorized in April 2007.
State rules governing the activities of the BCCS Provider Agencies can be found in Title 25 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC).
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Federal Legislation Authorizing Medicaid for Breast and Cervical Cancer
On October 24, 2000, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act of 2000 was signed into law. This Act gives states the option to provide Medicaid medical assistance to women who were screened and diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP).
State Legislation Authorizing Medicaid for Breast and Cervical Cancer
In 2002, Texas began providing Medicaid to women who are diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer by a BCCS program contractor. Most recently, the 80th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 10 that allows any health care provider to refer eligible women in need of treatment for breast or cervical cancer to Medicaid.
Beginning September 1, 2007, any woman diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer who meets all eligibility requirements as determined by BCCS policy for Medicaid for Breast and Cervical Cancer, may be eligible to receive services.
A recipient is entitled to full Medicaid coverage beginning as early as the day after the date of diagnosis. Services are not limited to the treatment of breast and cervical cancer.
Medicaid eligibility continues as long as the Medicaid treatment provider certifies that the woman requires active treatment for breast or cervical cancer. Renewal documents must be completed every six months.