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Monday, June 28, 2010

Ind. Law - State health officials are urging eligible low-income women to apply for a state program offering free treatment for breast or cervical cancer

From the AP:

Indiana health officials are urging eligible low-income women to apply for a state program offering free treatment for breast or cervical cancer.

The General Assembly passed a law last year that extended Medicaid coverage to eligible women aged 18 to 64 who have been diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. Since the law went into effect a year ago, it has helped 73 women receive treatment for breast of cervical cancer.
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To qualify, women must be Indiana residents under age 65 with no credible health insurance and household incomes less than twice the federal poverty level. They also must need treatment for breast or cervical cancer. Women who believe they might be eligible can call the Indiana Family Helpline at 1-800-433-0746.

For background on this law, start with this ILB entry from May 13, 2009, which quotes a WSJ story from 2007:
The Wall Street Journal lists 21 states "where uninsured women with breast or cervical cancer are denied Medicaid coverage if they wern't diagnosed at the right clinic. The list includes Indiana.
See also this update from June 22, 2009.

As the ILB wrote in 2009:

Kudos to Senator Becker for initiating this bill (SEA 554-2009), to second author Senator Delph, and to the long list of Senators and Representatives who signed on as co-authors.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 28, 2010 09:24 AM
Posted to Indiana Law