The American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) recently released a study that estimates the number of women who could remain uninsured and continue to meet the eligibility requirements for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP). This study is an update of a 2010 study on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the CDC Cancer Control & Screening programs.
The report, Health Reform and the Implications for Cancer Screening, provides national and state-specific estimates of the number of uninsured women in 2017 based on three scenarios:
1. Medicaid expansions as of April 2015,
2. No state Medicaid expansions, and
3. All states expanding Medicaid, as provided under the ACA.
The report estimates that, overall, 2.6 million or 13.5 percent of women aged 40-64 will remain uninsured and eligible for breast cancer screening services through the NBCCEDP program in 2017. Similarly, 5.7 million or 14.6 percent of women (age 21-64) will remain uninsured in 2017 and will be eligible for cervical cancer screening through NBCCEDP. Notably, by 2017, women in non-Medicaid expansion states will be over three times as likely to be uninsured (23.3 percent) as women in expansion states (8 percent).
A full copy of the report can be found via this link- STUDY: HEALTH REFORM AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR CANCER SCREENING
You can also access an interactive map and data tables (updated to reflect Medicaid expansion decisions as of January 2016) via this link - http://www.acscan.org/breastcancer/map/
We hope that you find the study and the maps/tables useful as you perform your work.
ACS CAN is committed to helping educate federal and state policymakers and the public about the BCCEDP and we will continue to fight for the preservation of program funding and eligibility.
If you have any questions, please be in touch.