Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment

The Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment (BCCPT) Program is administered by the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services and provides full health care benefits to women needing treatment for breast or cervical cancer, or a pre-cancerous condition of the breast or cervix.

The woman must:

  • Be uninsured or have no creditable health insurance
  • Be under age 65
  • Be a U. S. citizen or qualified alien
  • Be a Pennsylvania resident
  • Provide or apply for a social security number

Women who qualify for this coverage can receive free health care, including health care for medical needs unrelated to a breast or cervical cancer diagnosis, throughout their course of treatment for cancer or a pre-cancerous condition of the breast or cervix.

Women can apply for this program one of two ways:

  1. Be screened and/or diagnosed through a Center for Disease Control and Prevention approved Healthy Woman Provider (HWP). Women can call 1-800-215-7494 to see if they qualify for the Healthy Woman Program and find a provider in their area. The HWP completes the paperwork with the woman and forwards the application to their local County Assistance Office for the initial opening in the program.  OR
  2. Any medical provider can complete the Healthy Woman Enrollment Form (available at www.pahealthywoman.com). The woman will have to fill out a portion of this form. The provider can then fax the completed form to the HWP Case Management Team @ Adagio Health at 412-201-4702. Adagio Health will process the form and send it to their local County Assistance Office for initial opening in the program.

PA 600 B (English) BCCPT Application           PA 600 B-S (Spanish) BCCPT Application

To qualify for this comprehensive healthcare coverage, a woman must be screened and diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer, or a pre-cancerous condition of the breast or cervix, through the Department of Health's HealthyWoman Program or through another health care provider.

The Department of Health imposes a 250 percent income limit based upon the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines, which are updated annually. Non-participating providers can refer women to the HealthyWoman Program by calling 1-800-215-7494 or by visiting www.pahealthywoman.com.

The HealthyWoman Program provides free:

  • Mammograms
  • Clinical breast and pelvic exams
  • Pap tests

HealthyWoman has a simple application for women to apply for free services through the HealthyWoman Program and healthcare coverage under the BCCPT Program. HealthyWoman will provide each woman with a brochure describing the BCCPT Program, forward the woman's application for the BCCPT Program to your local County Assistance Office for determination of eligibility, and if diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer or a pre-cancerous condition of the breast or cervix, provide the woman with a folder of information about the BCCPT Program, including how to access healthcare.

To learn more about the HealthyWoman Program, visit www.health.pa.gov.

Breast Cancer Screening

Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer for women in the United States. It accounts for one-third of all cancer deaths in females in Pennsylvania. The Department of Health's HealthyWoman Program (HWP) provides screening services to low income, uninsured or underinsured women.

About the Program

The HWP provides free mammograms and Pap tests to qualified women in over 100 provider sites throughout the state. The sites are operated by hospitals, health centers and family planning agencies. You may qualify for the HWP if you:

  • are 40 to 64 years of age (women under 40 may also qualify if they are having symptoms), and;
  • have no insurance or limited insurance, and;
  • have low to moderate income.

For more information about the HWP visit www.pahealthywoman.com or call 1-800-215-7494. If breast or cervical cancer is detected through the HWP and you are under age 65, you may be able to receive free treatment through the Department of Human Services.