Who Can Qualify: Breast and Cervical Cancer Program

Guidelines for financial assistance to help with Mammograms and Pap Smears.
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General Information

Target Population

  • Uninsured, underinsured, medically underserved and minority women

Eligibility Criteria

  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Program Eligibility Guidelines
  • No Medicaid/Insurance/Medicare or other method of reimbursement
  • Women 40-49 qualify for mammograms while funds, such as NBCF, Susan G. Komen/Central MS. Steel Magnolias are available
  • Must be 40-64 years of age for Pap Exam
  • Must be 50-64 years of age for Mammogram


  • Screening and/or diagnostic mammograms annually for women 50 years of age and older
  • Ultrasound. Fine needle aspiration of the breast and breast biopsy, if indicated
  • Colposcopy and biopsy, if indicated
  • Follow-up and referral for abnormal Pap exams and/or Mammograms
  • Educational programs for professional and the public


Screening Policy

  • Medicare-Eligible Women
    Not eligible for BCCP services. All Medicare eligible women should be referred for appropriate screening/rescreening. BCCP will not provide additional screening services (Pap exam, pelvic exam, or clinical breast exam).
  • Medicare-Ineligible Women 50 and older
    A minimum of 75% of all program-eligible women who are provided a mammogram by the BCCP must be 50 years old or older.
  • Women under 50
    Must not exceed 25% of all program-eligible women who are provided a mammogram by the BCCP.

Medicare Coverage

  • Mammography
    Annual coverage for a screening mammogram for women 65 years of age and older.
  • Pap Exam/Pelvic Exam
    Covered every 3 years, unless a women is at high risk for cervical cancer. If at high risk, coverage is provided annually.
  • Clinical Breast Exam
    Specifically included as part of the office visit for a Pap exam/pelvic exam. Therefore, coverage would be provided every 3 years, unless a women is at high risk.

Women can be placed on Medicaid who:

  • Are not yet 65
  • Are not otherwise covered by creditable coverage as defined in the Public Health Services Act
  • Have been screened for breast and cervical cancer under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
  • Need treatment for breast or cervical cancer.

American Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF) National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) Funds and Susan G. Komen Affiliates/Central MS Steel Magnolia and North MS Funds

The Mississippi Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) receives funding from the American and National Breast Cancer Foundations, Susan G. Komen Affiliates/Central MS Steel Magnolia and North MS to provide mammograms for medically underserved women. The funds will be used to reimburse for screening mammograms for women between the ages of 40-49 who meet eligibility criteria and are enrolled in the BCCP. Women between the ages of 18-39 enrolled in the program MUST be approved by the Director or Nurse Consultant to receive these funds.

However, guidelines for the BCCP HAVE NOT CHANGED. These additional mammograms will be provided as long as funds are available.

For more information about the program, please call 1-800-721-7222.

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Last reviewed on Jan 29, 2018
Mississippi State Department of Health 570 East Woodrow Wilson Dr Jackson, MS 39216 866-HLTHY4U web@HealthyMS.com

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