Medi Cal
Breast & Cervical Cancer Program


The  Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP)  provides cancer treatment and services for eligible low-income California residents 200% of FPLFederal Poverty Level rather than standard 138%  View FPL Chart,

To qualify you must be screened by the  Cancer Detection Program:

program and found to be in need of treatment for breast and/or cervical cancer.

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The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act (#WHCRA)


This law provides important protections if you want  breast reconstruction after your  mastectomy.

Group health plans, insurance companies and health maintenance organizations (HMOs) must provide coverage for reconstructive surgery after mastectomy for breast cancer and prohibits “drive through” mastectomies, where breast cancer patient’s hospital stays were limited by their carriers. The required coverage includes all stages of reconstruction of the breast on which the mastectomy was performed, surgery and reconstruction of the other breast to produce a symmetrical appearance, prostheses and treatment of physical complications of the mastectomy, including lymphedema. Wikipedia *

WHCRA amended the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) and is administered by the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services

In 2003, the FDA approved a screening test for Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

Consumer Links

Our Comments Section on another page about costs & coverage for breast cancer 

FAQ’s (DOL Website)


( FAQ’s

How Medicare covers mammograms.

Technical & Research Links

§ 1185b Required coverage for reconstructive surgery following mastectomies

Cornel Law Website

Code on Plastic

SB 1245
Section §10123.18 of the Insurance Code

5 comments on “Cancer Breast & Cervical Program BCCTP

  1. My ex-wife has lung cancer and is on medi-cal. she has to travel several hours to get to treatment at UC HOSPITAL. her treatment is for 6 weeks five days a week. does Medi-cal cover housing for something like this?

    • Help with short-term housing near the cancer treatment center

      Sometimes cancer treatment is given far from home. Many treatment centers have short-term housing centers or discount programs set up with nearby motels and hotels. The clinic social worker or oncology nurse might know about low-cost housing during hospital or clinic treatment.

      The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® program can offer families a free place to stay when cancer treatment is given far from home. Contact us to find out if there’s a Hope Lodge location near your treatment center.

      Another option for adults or children with cancer is the Healthcare Hospitality Network. This group of nearly 200 non-profit organizations throughout the US provides free or low-cost family-centered lodging to families getting medical treatment far from home. You can call 1-800-542-9730 or check online at to see if there’s a location that works for you.

      Many treatment centers also have other short-term housing possibilities or discount arrangements with nearby motels and hotels. The clinic social worker or oncology nurse may have ideas for low-cost housing during hospital or clinic treatment.

      People who have Medicaid may be entitled to help with travel to medical centers and doctors’ offices for cancer treatment. This may take the form of payment or being paid back (reimbursed) for gas, payment of bus fare, or may mean using a vanpool. County departments of social services in each state arrange for help with transportation, but families must ask for it by talking to their Medicaid case worker.

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