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According to the American Lung Association, Medicaid coverage for lung cancer screening of individuals at high risk varies. To help those who are eligible access screenings for the leading cancer killer, the association has teamed with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center on educational initiatives to improve coverage in state Medicaid programs for low-dose CT screenings.

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States Must Do More to Ensure People at High Risk Can Be Screened for Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths, yet coverage of screenings for individuals at high risk for lung cancer varies across state Medicaid programs, according to a new report released by the American Lung Association. To ensure those eligible can access lifesaving lung cancer screenings, the American Lung Association and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have partnered on educational initiatives to improve coverage for recommended low-dose CT lung cancer screenings in state Medicaid programs.

According to the report, “Lung Cancer Screening Coverage in State Medicaid Programs,” 31 Medicaid fee-for-service programs cover lung cancer screening, 12 programs do not provide coverage, and eight states did not have information available on their coverage policy. The analysis also found that Medicaid programs varied in the eligibility criteria they used for screening as well as whether they required prior authorization.

“Lung cancer is called the quiet killer, as it has few early symptoms and is oftentimes caught too late,” says American Lung Association President and CEO Harold Wimmer. “Coverage for screening with low-dose CT is critical, and this analysis will advance our work to ensure those eligible with state Medicaid coverage have access to this lifesaving screening.”

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