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The Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Program A presentation by the Pennsylvania Health Law Project PHLP Helpline: 1-800-274-3258 PBBC Annual Conference: October 13, 2010 What is the difference between HealthyWoman and BCCPT? • HealthyWoman (50+) Project sites offer a wide range of women's health services to women age 40-64 • In addition to providing these services HealthyWoman is one gateway to BCCPT • BCCPT a specific Medicaid program that offers full health coverage to women in treatment for breast & cervical cancer BCCPT Eligibility Basics: • "In treatment" for breast or cervical cancer • Uninsured or no other "creditable coverage" • U.S. citizen or qualified immigrant • Pennsylvania resident • Income below 250% of FPL** The worried young woman • 28 year old woman calls your organization worried because she has pain and She works as a waitress and has no health insurance coverage "I already have a doctor" • A 49 year old woman with no health insurance pays to see her doctor for annual check detected and she pays for a mammogram and needle aspiration and is found to have breast cancer. She has used up all her money.
How do you advise her? Taking tamoxifen, arimidex, etc.
• A 57 year old woman diagnosed 2 years ago and treated lost her insurance coverage She she eligible for this program? What health services will be covered? • A woman recently got approved for SSDI and lost her MA. She's still in waiting period for Medicare and has no insurance. She has significant healthcare costs and is looking for help. She only found out she lost her MA when went to doc. She got a notice from CAO, but she didn't think it said anything about Medical--she can't find it right now.
• She'll be out of anti-inflammation pills in 6 days; she has torn rotator cuff and needs surgery. She was diagnosed with breast cancer 7 years ago. She is not in treatment now, but doctor recently found suspicious lump. She's going to doctor next week to see what status is. Advanced Metastatic Cancer • A 35-year-old woman with advanced metastatic cervical cancer has just finished a chemotherapy She requires medical visits, labs, and x-ray studies but is not currently receiving medication or radiation. She receives a notice stating her coverage is terminated because she is not in ongoing treatment.
• A woman diagnosed with cervical cancer and in treatment tells you she was denied BCCPT c Medicare Part A coverage (and no Part B). Medicare Part A isn't good cervical cancer coverage since it only covers hospitalization.
• 60 y.o. woman in active treatment for breast cancer has a bad health insurance plan She second home. Insurance paid $1240 on a $24,000 chemotherapy bill. Has $80,000 in bills and already exceeded lifetime limit on insurance. She is turned down for BCCPT because she has valuable assets and already has insurance.
Question 3. What is meant by the term "creditable coverage"?
The term "creditable coverage" is defined under the Act to have the
same meaning as "creditable coverage" for purposes of HIPAA, but without
regard to a medical care program of the IHS or of a tribal organization. A
woman having the following types of coverage would be considered to have
creditable coverage and would, therefore, be ineligible for the new Medicaid
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group health plan - Health insurance coverage - benefits consisting of medical care (provided directly, through insurance or reimbursement, or otherwise and including items and services paid for as medical care) under any hospital or medical service policy or certificate, hospital or medical service plan contract, or health maintenance organization contract offered by a health insurance issuer. - Medicare - Medicaid - Armed forces insurance - A state health risk pool Question 4. Are there any circumstances where a
woman with creditable coverage could be eligible
for this Medicaid provision?
•Could have creditable coverage and be in a period of exclusion for treatment for breast or cervical cancer waiting period for •Could have exhausted lifetime limit in her plan, or yearly benefits for breast and cervical cancer treatment Source: FAQs Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act of 2000 The undocumented nanny • Your neighbor knows you work in breast cancer advocacy and calls you. Her child care w breast. The woman speaks little English, has no health insurance, and is undocumented. How can you help her? Emergency Medical Assistance for Immigrants • Non-qualified immigrants must apply for emergency medical assistance condition" – BCCPT always should be! • Requirements available at • Approved on case by case basis; coverage for breast/cervical cancer treatment only Other cancers/situations • Male breast cancer not covered • Ovarian, endometrial • No other cancers covered except breast Coverage for medical follow-up • A 48 year old woman, diagnosed with primary breast cancer, receives MA via the BCCTP as of Jan 1, 2008, and has surgery, reconstruction, and chemotherapy which is completed on Sept 1, 2008. She is estrogen receptor negative and is not put on tamoxifen. Her doctor tells her to come for a follow-up check-up in February 2009 at which time she will also need a mammogram. She receives a letter December 1, telling her that her Medical Assistance will terminate in 45 days. Coverage for medical follow-up 2 • Same as above, but she is on tamoxifen. She receives letter on December 1 and (a) mails it to the MD's office where it sits in a pile of medical record requests, or (b) she doesn't want to bother MD so she will bring it with her in February or (c) she drops it off at CAO 2 days before it is due and the physician cannot complete it in time. Jan 25th she receives a final notice of termination of MA.
A bureaucratic mess • 55 year old woman has been on MA due to a disability (not BCCPT) for the last 20 years. Now s losing coverage because she is about to start getting an SSDI raise and her income will be too high. She wants to enroll in BCCPT via direct access but the doctor's office is unfamiliar with the program. She is afraid of missing chemo… I want the best hospital • 52 year old woman calls and is referred by Healthy Woman to Goodcare Hospital. She is diagnosed to Bettercare Hospital for her treatment. The physician at Goodcare wants patient to stay with Goodcare which made the diagnosis. Patient calls you to find out what her options are for pursuing her breast cancer treatment.
Why doesn't everyone take this insurance? • BCCPT is a Medicaid program program, no matter where in the state the woman resides • Providers in HealthChoices zones unfamiliar with fee-for-service billing Pharmacy billing and BCCPTCurrent methodology • If drug administered in hospital outpatient clinic, cost of drug is included in all inclusive clinic fee to the clinic with the drug; clinic bills for visit or procedure • If administered by a dispensing provider (doctor) in the office can bill MA program for the drug and administration of drug using NDC numbers, CPT codes, including J codes, will rejected • The "go-to" phone number:800-558-4477 option 1 (pharmacy call center) Pharmacy payments • Specialty pharmacy program in effect • DOES NOT include intravenous chemotherapy administered in office or cancer center • DOES include some oral drugs used for advanced breast cancer treatment Pharmacy payments • Applies ONLY in the 42 Fee-for-service • Drug must be obtained from one of two preferred providers contracting with DPW • Specialty pharmacy provider will bill DPW • Drug will be delivered to the site of administration (doctor's office or home) When to call PHLP • Medical Assistance (BCCPT) denial and need help/advice on appeal of decision • Women in need of emergency medical • Women with questions regarding issues of creditable coverage • Pennsylvania Health • 1-800-274-3258 Statewide Information • PA Dept of Health 1-800-215-7494 • PA Department of Public Welfare Opportunities for Advocacy • Publicize the program • Breast cancer does not discriminate on the basis of citizenship Remember other options: • HealthyWoman Project • Other Medicaid programs


Psychology of Addictive Behaviors © 2009 American Psychological Association 2009, Vol. 23, No. 2, 373–379 DOI: 10.1037/a0015695 Beliefs and Attitudes About Bupropion: Implications for Medication Adherence and Smoking Cessation Treatment Lisa M. Fucito and Benjamin A. Toll Yale University School of Medicine Stephanie S. O'Malley Yale University School of Medicine Beliefs about medication are associated with treatment adherence and outcome. This is a secondaryanalysis of the role of beliefs and attitudes about bupropion in treatment adherence and smoking cessationoutcomes using data from a smoking cessation trial of open-label sustained-release (SR) bupropiontherapy reported previously (Toll et al., 2007). Positive beliefs and attitudes were positively correlatedwith intentions, desire, confidence, and motivation to quit smoking; expectation of quitting success;perceived benefits of quitting; and perceived disadvantages of smoking. Positive beliefs were alsoassociated with greater medication adherence, an increased likelihood of completing treatment and beingcontinuously abstinent, and a delayed latency to smoking lapse. These findings provide preliminarysupport that positive beliefs and attitudes about bupropion are associated with positive attitudes towardquitting, better treatment adherence, and potentially better treatment response.