Help will soon be available for breast and cervical cancer patients

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The Human Services Department's Medical Assistance Program plans to amend the Medicaid State Plan to add coverage for uninsured individuals with a diagnosis of breast or cervical cancer when that diagnosis is confirmed by a testing site funded by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention.

Human Services is proposing an effective date of April 1 for the amendment subject to approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

To qualify for Medicaid as member of the new coverage group, the applicant must be:

- A U.S. citizen.

- A U.S. Virgin Islands resident.

- Diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer at a CDC-funded site.

- Uninsured.

- Younger than 65 years old.

There is no income or asset test for this eligibility category.

There is no CDC-funded test site in the Virgin Islands. Under the proposed State Plan Amendment, the Human Services Department intends to provide free transportation to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where there is a CDC-funded site for all those individuals who meet the criteria listed above and who have previously received a positive result from a cancer screening site located in the Virgin Islands.

Cancer screening services are provided by the clinics operated by the V.I. Health Department and the federally qualified health centers (Frederiksted Health Center and St. Thomas East End Medical Center).

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