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[MOL] Senate Committee Approves Breast And Cervical Cancer Bill



Senate Committee Approves Breast And Cervical Cancer Bill
    [06/15/2000; Reuters News Service]

WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - Low-income, uninsured women whose
breast or cervical cancer is diagnosed through a federally funded
screening program could be eligible for Medicaid under legislation
approved by the Senate Finance Committee. The bill could affect
the 6,500 women who have been diagnosed through the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Breast and Cervical
Cancer Early Detection Program since its inception 10 years ago.
While that program provides mammography and Pap smears to uninsured
women with incomes under 250% of the poverty level, it does not
permit federal funds to be used to treat those cancers. That
has left the estimated 6,500 women who have been found to have
cancer scrambling to find charity care. 

``For women who are diagnosed with cancer, which is bad enough,
to then have to fight to find treatment because it's not affordable,
I think is unconscionable,'' said Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., speaking
as one of the 72 Senate cosponsors of the measure. The Senate
bill differs somewhat from the version passed by the House in
May. While the House bill would encourage states to offer the
optional program by offering a 75-25 matching rate, the Senate
bill is slightly less generous, following the structure of the
State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP), which generally
provides states a matching rate 15 percentage points higher than
their regular Medicaid rate, for an average of about 68% federal
funding.

The full article can be found at:

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000614/hl/cancer_women_1.html
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