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Health Care Reform:

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Free Breast Cancer Screening & Prevention

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But if you already are part of Medicaid, you may have a copay. The rules vary by state. Check with your local Medicaid office.

Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers free breast cancer screening tests for women who have low incomes or no health insurance. This is part of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP).

Whether you can take part in this depends on your age and income. If you qualify and are diagnosed with breast cancer, you can get Medicaid coverage for your cancer treatment.

How can I find out if I'm eligible for the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program?

In general, you're eligible if you have no health insurance, are over age 40 (age 21 for cervical cancer screening) and your income is less than 250% of the federal poverty level. 

In plain words, that means you're eligible if you are the only one in your household and you make less than about $29,425. If you have a family of four, you may qualify if your family income is less than about $60,625 a year.

Check with your state health department for more information. You also can call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).

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