Senate: The Health Care Authority shall exercise the state option and open the Medicaid Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment program. The program provides Medicaid coverage to women who have been screened for and found
to have breast or cervical cancer, including precancerous conditions, through the Department of Health's Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program; be determined to need treatment for breast or cervical cancer; be under age 65; and be uninsured and otherwise not eligible for Medicaid. General Fund-State savings are achieved by refinancing the state only program with federal Medicaid match.
House and Final: The Health Care Authority will restore coverage under the Breast & Cervical Cancer Treatment (BCCT) program starting April 1, 2014. The BCCT program was a Medicaid program that covered treatment for approximately 1,250 women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer with incomes under 300 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). It was eliminated on January 1, 2014, when the state expanded the Medicaid program to include adults with incomes below 133 percent of the FPL. Clients with incomes below 133 percent of the FPL could enroll in Medicaid coverage under the Medicaid expansion. Clients with incomes over 133 percent of the FPL that were already enrolled in the program as of January 1, 2014, were allowed retain state-only coverage throughout the course of their treatments. Savings will be achieved because the cost of restoring Medicaid coverage for clients with incomes above 133 percent of the FPL is less than the cost of maintaining state-only coverage for clients that were already enrolled as of January 1, 2014.