Breast and Cervical Cancer Care

Intro by Maureen E. Hook, Ph. D
May 6, 2013
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Many people may be unaware that there is a special Medicaid program which covers the prevention and treatment of breast and cervical cancer.  Refer to the information below which comes directly from a Virginia governmental website  to learn more about this important program.

Taken from the Virginia Department of Social Services Website (www.dss.virginia.gov)

The Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act

The Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-354) created the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (BCCEDP). The BCCEDP is administered on the federal level by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Virginia, the BCCEDP is sponsored at the state level by the Virginia Department of Health and is also known as Every Woman’s Life. The program contracts with screening sites throughout Virginia to provide free mammograms, clinical breast exams, Pap tests and pelvic exams to women who qualify.

Women age 18 through 64 years who have been identified by as being in need of treatment for breast or cervical cancer by a provider participating in the BCCEDP can receive Medicaid to cover their treatment, as well as all other medical services covered by Medicaid.

Women eligible for Medicaid coverage as part of the BCCEDP program must be age 18 through 64 and cannot have creditable health insurance that covers the treatment of breast or cervical cancer. They must have been screened and certified as needing treatment for breast or cervical cancer (including pre-cancerous conditions) by a medical provider operating under the BCCEDP and have income within the following limits:

BCCPTA Covered Group Income Limits – Effective January 24, 2013
200% of the Federal Poverty Level


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The woman’s resources (money in bank accounts, cars, etc.) are NOT counted for the BCCPTA covered group.

The special Medicaid application form used for women who are screened and certified as needing treatment by a BCCEDP provider is only available through the BCCEDP. You will be given the proper Medicaid application and referred to the local department of social services for a Medicaid eligibility determination. More information about the BCCEDP (Every Woman’s Life) program and how you can receive a screening is available on the Virginia Department of Health’s web site.

Women diagnosed with cancer by a provider who is not operating under the BCCEDP are not eligible in this covered group. However, some women may be eligible for Medicaid in another covered group. You may call your local department of social services if you have questions about whether you could meet another Medicaid covered group.

(Source = http://www.dss.virginia.gov/files/division/bp/medical_assistance/intro_page

ask kitkat logoBrushing a Cat

Hook Law Center:  Kit Kat, what is the proper way to brush a cat?

Kit Kat: This is one of my favorite topics. Brushing feels so good when it is done correctly, especially for those cats who have long hair. I and my sisters are all short-hair cats, but my mom has had a silver-grey Persian cat when she was in high school. It is very important to brush them, at least on a weekly basis. Long-hair cats are subject to matting, where the hair literally clumps in really tight wads close to the skin. If left untreated, the mats will have to be cut out with a scissors because they are so dense.

All indoor cats should be brushed. Outdoor cats usually just shed in the springtime, but indoor cats who are kept warm all yearlong and have longer periods of daylight, need to be brushed at least weekly, because they are continually shedding. When brushing a cat, brush in the direction the hair naturally grows. On its back, that means brushing away from the head and towards the tail. On its stomach and legs (necessary for long-haired cats), start by combing the hair towards the head. A side benefit of brushing is that it is a good opportunity to inspect your cat for any changes in skin condition. Be on the lookout for fleas and/or ticks. Brushing has the added benefit of stimulating blood circulation, sort of like a massage one gets at the hairdresser. And we all know how good that makes you humans feel.

Finally, remember that diet can affect the health of a cat and the condition of its fur. Poorer quality dry foods are drier than those available at the vet or pet store. They tend to cause a cat to throw up more. The combination of the hair and the drier food does not permit easy elimination. A more moist food allows the hair in the cat’s system to be passed more easily. Ask your vet for a recommendation, if this is a problem for your cat. When my parents switched to dry food recommended by our vet, it really made a difference.

( Source = http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/cat-care-brushing-skin-care-101.aspx 4-18-2013)

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