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    Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program

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    Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program (MCTP)

    If you live in New York State, are uninsured, and you have been diagnosed with cancer, you may be eligible to apply for the Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program. This program covers treatment for breast, cervical, colorectal, and prostate cancer. It may also cover some pre-cancerous medical conditions that are associated with these types of cancers. The program only covers the patient undergoing treatment for cancer. If you qualify for the program, you will be given full Medicaid coverage during the course of your treatment. More importantly, you can focus on regaining your health without worrying about the costs of cancer treatments. If you qualify for it, this program will provide you and your loved ones with the support you need during an otherwise difficult time. This program is part of a wider national effort to provide cancer screening and treament to uninsured individuals. Part of the program is owed to the efforts of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

    How Do You Apply?

    While regular low-income medical services can be accessed through the Social Services department in your county, enrollment in the MCTP takes place at the Cancer Services Program Partnerships (CSPP). If you have been screened and diagnosed for cancer, you will need to make an application through the CSPP to use the program's services. Your application will be processed at the state level at the Office of Health Insurance Programs (OHIP). There, your case will be assessed, and subsequently approved or denied. There are CSPP centers in each county in the state, and they will be able to give you advice on completing and submitting paperwork and applications, as well as any other assistance you might need. In addition, these programs can direct you to any additional outside help, including legal services if you need or want them. The CSPP center may also be able to help you find sources of low-cost emotional support for you and your family during the course of your treatment.

    Who is Eligible?

    There are certain requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to enroll in the program. Usually, you must first be screened for cancer by a Cancer Services Program (CSP) provider who will provide you with the diagnosis. In all instances, you must be a resident of New York State, a US citizen or a resident non-citizen, and you must not have insurance coverage at the time of your application. Different forms of cancer have different requirements for treatment under the terms and conditions of the program. For example, while patients with prostate or colorectal cancer must be under sixty-five years old to qualify for treatment, patients with breast or cervical cancer do not have any age restrictions for their cancer treatment.

    Screening and Prevention

    The program also offers screening for pre-cancerous conditions in certain cases. If you qualify for these screenings because you are uninsured and have a low income, they can be an actual lifesaver. Early detection of cancer not only extends and saves lives, it saves time, money, and resources as well. Usually, these screenings include mammograms or pap smears for low-income women, since these cancers are more easily treated when they are detected earlier, and become much harder to treat in their advanced stages. Women over forty, and high-risk women under forty should schedule a mammogram and breast examination, while women over forty should schedule annual pelvic exams. In addition, men and women over the age of fifty should be screened for colorectal cancer. However, if you notice abnormal symptoms that may be linked to any of these types of cancer and you are not of the appropriate age for CSP screening services, they may be able to direct you to other low-income screening programs. These screenings and diagnostic tests are provided through the CSP at no charge to you if you qualify as having too low of an income to pay for them. They are typically offered at clinics, doctor's offices, and health centers which participate in the Cancer Services Program. However, men who are screened and diagnosed with prostate cancer are usually not covered by the Cancer Services Program and should enroll separately in the Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program.

    Re-Enrollment and Eligibility

    Once you are approved for the MCTP, you will receive the benefits and treatment that you need for a pre-determined amount of time, depending on the type of cancer you have. Ultimately, your doctor will have to re-certify you on an annual basis if they believe that you will continue to need treatment. Your eligibility to continue using the services of the program will be assessed. During the course of your treatment, you will have full Medicaid coverage, meaning that your co-pays on medical procedures, medicines, and various services will be covered for you as long as you remain eligible for the program. Your treatment must be received from a Medicaid-enrolled provider in order to qualify for free services. This may limit you to a certain number of doctors or hospitals in the area, but the quality of your treatment will not be reduced. The program will continue to provide support to you until you are recovered or you are otherwise deemed ineligible for continued treatment.

    Getting in Touch

    It is necessary to recognize that appropriate and timely treatment can save lives in the fight against cancer. If you or a member of your family are at risk for developing breast, cervical, colorectal, or prostate cancer, then you should not wait until it is too late because you are worried about the cost of cancer treatment. This is why this cancer treatment program is a valuable resource for patients who are uninsured and have low incomes. You will receive treatment for as long as you need it, and you will have no worries about having to cover your medical expenses as well as your day-to-day living costs. In turn, this will allow you to fight cancer without the fear of massive medical bills, as well as the potential loss of income or work. If you or a loved one could benefit from the program, you should contact the New York Department of Health or your local Cancer Services Program as soon as possible. Do not wait if you have no insurance, but you think that your health is at risk. Prevention and early detection can save your life. You can call the Cancer Services Program at 1-866-442-2262 for more guidance and advice, or you can call the Medicaid Help Line at 1-800-541-2831. You can also contact the following: New York State Cancer Services Program and Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program for detailed information.

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    Disclaimer:
    Please note that this article is not intended to create any physician-patient relationship or supplant any in-person medical consultation or examination. Always seek the advice of a trained health professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before seeking any treatment. Proper medical attention should always be sought for specific ailments. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking medical treatment due to information obtained on this site. Any information received from this article or website is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure. This article and website is for information purposes only. The information on this article is not intended to replace proper medical care

    Last edited by nymedicaid; 07-18-2013 at 02:36 PM.

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