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Women's Cancer Screening Program in Michigan
Since 1991, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has implemented a comprehensive Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Navigation Program (BC3NP) through a multi-year grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With these funds, low-income women now have access to life-saving cancer screening services and follow-up care, including cancer treatment if that should be needed.
What Services Are Available Through the Program?
Through these local public health programs, women aged 21-64 can receive screening services such as:
- Pap smears (ages 21-64)
- Screening mammograms (ages 40-64)
- MRIs - based on client personal and family risk
If a breast and/or cervical abnormality is identified from the screening test/exam, the woman will be referred to community providers for follow-up. Over 75 diagnostic services are provided free of cost through the BC3NP. Some of these include:
- Diagnostic mammograms
- Breast Biopsy
- Colposcopy services
- Colposcopy-directed biopsy services
- Medical Consultations
Family Planning women enrolled in the BC3NP are eligible to receive cervical screening and diagnostic services.
In the event of a diagnosis of breast or cervical cancer through the BC3NP, a woman may be eligible for Medicaid coverage. If eligible, Medicaid will pay for all of her medical expenses for as long as she is being treated for the cancer. Once treatment is no longer needed, the woman is then potentially eligible (once again, based upon age and income) for continued annual screening services through the BC3NP.
A woman remains eligible for Medicaid coverage until:
- Her health professional deems the woman is free from cancer an will not require continued cancer therapy or
- She no longer meets the eligibility criteria for this program (e.g., has obtained creditable insurance coverage, has reached the age of 65 and has Medicare Part B, or has an income that exceeds 250 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL)).
Note: Women who are illegal aliens, although eligible for BC3NP services, cannot receive Medicaid coverage. Federal law limits Medicaid coverage to citizens and legal aliens.