In 2000, Congress passed the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act, which gives states the option to offer women in the NBCCEDP (National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program) access to treatment through Medicaid. To date, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have approved this Medicaid option.
In 2001, with passage of the Native American Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Technical Amendment Act, Congress explained that this option also applies to American Indians/Alaska Natives who are eligible for health services provided by the Indian Health Service or by a tribal organization.
In an effort to improve the health and quality of life among Georgians, the Georgia Department of Public Health supports services that provide treatment for breast and cervical cancer to eligible women. The Georgia Women's Health Medicaid Program (WHMP) was established in July, 2001 by the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act of 2000 with matching funds appropriated through the Georgia Cancer Coalition. The Georgia WHMP is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Health.
Services provided by the Georgia Women's Health Medicaid Program (WHMP) include:
Breast and cervical cancer treatment.
Full coverage Medicaid that includes the full range of services not only cancer treatment.
Services continue until all cancer treatment is completed.