The Breast and Cervical Cancer Project (BCCP)
Ohio’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Project (BCCP) is a program that provides high quality breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnostic testing, and case management services at no cost to eligible women in Ohio. In general, Ohio women are eligible for the BCCP if they meet the following criteria:
- Low income (live in households with incomes equal to or less than 2 times [200 percent of] the federal poverty level;
- Do not have health insurance;
- Are 40 years of age or older to receive Pap tests and clinical breast exams; or
- Are 50 years of age or older to receive mammograms (women age 40 to 49 years can also receive a mammogram if indicated by a clinical breast exam, family history, or other factors).
The BCCP is operated by five Regional Enrollment Agencies (REAs) that serve multiple counties. Women do not have to travel to an REA to enroll in BCCP. Enrollment typically takes place over the phone or by mail.
BCCP’s clinical services are available through a large network of medical providers throughout the State of Ohio. Once a woman is enrolled in BCCP, she will be scheduled for services with clinical providers in her area. BCCP is committed to serving Ohio women in a convenient, accessible, respectful, and culturally competent manner.
If a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer through the BCCP, she is eligible to receive treatment for her cancer through BCCP Medicaid, which she otherwise may not have been eligible for based on income or age restrictions. This is a critical and lifesaving safety net for the working poor in Ohio.
Click here to access a one-page fact sheet on Ohio’s BCCP.
Regional Enrollment Agencies (REAs) in Northeast Ohio
The Northeast Ohio service area is represented by three REAs.
- The Central Region includes Ashland and Richland Counties. The Central Region is overseen by the Licking County Health Department. Please call 1-844-430-BCCP (2227) and select Option 1.
- The Northeast Region includes Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, and Wayne Counties. The Northeast Region is overseen by the Cuyahoga County Health Department. Please call 1-844-430-BCCP (2227) and select Option 2 or visit mybodymatters.org to sign up online.
- The Southeast Region includes Belmont and Coshocton Counties. The Southeast Region is overseen by the Noble County Health Department. Please call 1-844-430-BCCP (2227) and select Option 4.
Click here for a detailed map of REAs.
Expanded Eligibility Coverage for Ohio’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
National BCCP guidelines dictate that eligibility for BCCP coverage can be expanded to include underinsured women, women between the ages of 40-64, women under the age of 40 with a physician noted abnormality, and women with incomes at or below 2.5 times (250%) the Federal Poverty Level. Reports published in 2015 by the four Ohio Affiliates of Susan G. Komen® identified an expanding population of underinsured individuals. Many low-income individuals who have coverage through either expanded Medicaid or the health insurance marketplace have enrolled into low premium, high deductible plans. These plans are particularly problematic for individuals in need of diagnostic breast health services.
While screening mammograms are covered under the Affordable Care Act’s Essential Health Benefits, diagnostic services are not. This means an underinsured woman can get a free mammogram, find out something is abnormal, but she cannot do anything about it because she cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs and/or deductibles for diagnostic testing. It may take this woman weeks, or even months, to save up money to pay for the diagnostic test. Knowing that early detection is critical to increasing an individual’s chance of surviving breast cancer, these weeks and/or months could cost this underinsured woman her life.
Due to state level mandates, Ohio’s BCCP is currently not open to women whose insurance coverage is inadequate. The four Ohio Affiliates of Susan G. Komen are working with state advocates and like-minded organizations to modernize BCCP eligibility to meet the needs present in the current healthcare system. This legislation expands coverage to include underinsured women, women between the ages of 40-64, women under the age of 40 with a physician noted abnormality, and women with incomes 2.5 times (250%) less than the Federal Poverty level. This legislation provides Ohio the opportunity to adjust an already cost-effective program that can save the state in healthcare costs and meet the current, real-time needs of even more Ohioans.
Organizational support for this amendment includes: The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS-CAN), OhioHealth, Mount Carmel, Southern Ohio Medical Center, and many more. Please email Gina Chicotel at firstname.lastname@example.org to add your organization to the list!
The BCCP Tax Check-off Option
The Ohio Affiliates of Susan G. Komen were proud to support HB 112, legislation signed into law on October 25, 2013, which allows Ohio taxpayers to contribute a portion or all of their state tax refund directly to the Ohio Breast and Cervical Cancer Project (BCCP). In 2014, the tax check-off raised close to $80,000 for Ohio’s BCCP. Numbers for the 2015 tax year are pending.
While the Affordable Care Act has made insurance coverage more accessible to low-income individuals, it is estimated that 21,064 Ohio women ages 50-64 will continue to lack access to breast cancer screenings. The BCCP is a critical and lifesaving safety-net for the working poor in our state. In Ohio, these are the same women who make too much to be Medicaid eligible and too little to qualify for stipends on the state insurance exchange.
At current funding levels, Ohio’s BCCP is only able to serve approximately 5 percent of the eligible women in Ohio. The BCCP tax check-off will enable the program to serve up to 1,700 additional women (approximately an 11 percent increase over current levels) with life saving and cost saving access to early detection and diagnostic services.
Funds donated through the tax check-off go directly to the State BCCP office and will be monitored through the Ohio Department of Health. Any donation made through the check-off will count as a charitable contribution on next year’s tax return.
Make sure you remember to check the box for the BCCP on your 2016 state tax return – you could save a life!
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