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Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP)

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The Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP) provides needed cancer treatment to eligible individuals diagnosed with breast and/or cervical cancer and who are in need of treatment.  

 

What is BCCTP?

The BCCTP provides cancer treatment for eligible low-income California residents who are screened by Cancer Detection Program: Every Woman Counts (CDP:EWC) or Family Planning, Access, Care and Treatment (Family PACT) programs and found to be in need of treatment for breast and/or cervical cancer. 


How do I apply?

The BCCTP provides on line, real-time enrollment in the provider’s office. Enrollment is performed only through providers in the CDP:EWC and Family PACT programs.

    • For information about the CDP:EWC screenings and who is eligible, visit the CDP:EWC website.

    • For information about locating a Family PACT provider near you, visit the Family PACT website.  Enter your zip code in the prompt on the left hand side of the page.

    • In most cases Medi-Cal benefits are available right away while eligibility determination is completed by State Eligibility Specialists.

Who is eligible for BCCTP?

You may receive full-scope Medi-Cal coverage through BCCTP if you meet all of the following:

    • Have been screened and found to be in need of treatment for breast and/or cervical cancer (women only), follow-up care for cancer or precancerous cervical lesions/conditions by an CDP:EWC or Family PACT provider

    • Are a women under age 65 who has satisfactory immigration status or is a citizen or national of the United States

    • Are a California resident

    • Have a monthly gross family income at the time of screening and diagnosis, that is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level for the family size.

    • Have no other health insurance including full-scope no share-of-cost Medi-Cal or Medicare.


If you do not meet the requirements for Medi-Cal through the BCCTP you may still be eligible for BCCTP (called State-funded BCCTP) if you meet the following:

    • Have been screened and found in need of treatment for breast (men and women) and/or cervical cancer (women only), follow-up care for cancer or precancerous cervical lesions/conditions by an EWC or Family PACT provider

    • Are a California resident

    • Are a male of any age or any immigration status

    • Are a female under 65 years of age with non-citizen or unsatisfactory immigration status

    • Are a female 65 years of age or older; and/or

    • Have health insurance, including share-of-cost Medi-Cal and/or Medicare 

NOTE:  If you do not have satisfactory immigration status you may be eligible for restricted Medi-Cal and the State-funded BCCTP.   Restricted Medi-Cal will provide benefits for emergency services, pregnancy services and long-term care.


What happens after I apply at the provider's office?

After you apply at the provider’s office, your application is reviewed by State Eligibility Specialists.  The State Eligibility Specialist may ask you for more information, including the following:

    • Proof of identity

    • Proof of citizenship

    • Social Security Card or an award letter from Social Security showing your Social Security Number

    • Proof of immigration status

    • Information about other health coverage (if any)

 

What benefits are available through BCCTP?

    • Federal BCCTP provides full-scope Medi-Cal coverage at no cost.

    • State-funded BCCTP provides time limited, no cost services limited to breast and/or cervical cancer treatment and related services and payment of insurance premiums under certain circumstances.

 

How long can I get coverage from BCCTP?

    • Federal BCCTP provides benefits for the duration of cancer treatment, as long as the individual continues to meet all other BCCTP eligibility criteria.

    • State BCCTP provides breast cancer treatment services for up to 18 continuous months and cervical cancer treatment services for up to 24 continuous months.

Where Can I get more information about BCCTP?

    • For more information or to find a BCCTP enrolling provider, please call toll free 1-800-824-0088.

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