DHH paying for new breast cancer services
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced that they will pay for two new services for Medicaid recipients battling cancer to help improve outcomes.
DHH said Medicaid will now cover a genetic screening called Oncotype DX Breast Cancer Assay that can tell if women with certain types of early-stage, invasive breast cancer would benefit from chemotherapy. Over a third of women experiencing this type of cancer can now receive better care as a result of the screening's availability, they said.
Custom-fit compression garments and supplies such as compression pumps, are also covered by the medicaid program now in order to ease the symptoms of lymphedema, a condition that can cause severe swelling and is commonly experienced by those who have undergone certain cancer treatments, according to DHH.
DHH started refunding medicaid recipients who received the Oncotype DX screening and for custom-fit compression garments and supplies for lymphedema at the beginning of July this year, according to a press release.
DHH said the new treatment options are a part of Medicaid's effort to give patients treatments specific to their individual condition and gives doctors evidence-based options when considering which treatment plans are best for patients.