SB 38 Establishes a prostate cancer pilot program to provide screening, referral services, treatment and outreach
Sponsor: Wright-Jones
LR Number: 0086S.01T Fiscal Note: 0086-01T.ORG
Committee: Health, Mental Health, Seniors and Families
Last Action: 6/17/2011 - Signed by Governor Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2011
House Handler: Carter

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SB 38 – This act provides that, subject to securing a cooperative agreement with a non-profit entity for funding of the program, two Prostate Cancer Pilot Programs shall be established within the Department of Health and Senior Services. One program shall be in the St. Louis area and one in either Pemiscot, New Madrid, or Dunklin counties. The Department of Health and Senior Services may directly contract with the Missouri Foundation for Health in the delivery of the pilot program. The program shall fund prostate cancer screening and treatment services. The department shall distribute grants to local health departments and federally qualified health centers. This act also requires the program to provide cancer screening, referral services, treatment, and outreach and education activities.

The program is open to uninsured or economically challenged men who are older than 50 years of age and uninsured or economically challenged men between 35 and 50 years of age who are at high risk for prostate cancer. An uninsured man is defined as one for whom services provided by the program are not covered by private insurance, MO HealthNet or Medicare, while an economically challenged man is one who has a gross income up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level. The department shall promulgate rules establishing guidelines regarding eligibility and for implementation of the program.

The department is required to report to the Governor and the General Assembly regarding the number of individuals screened and treated by the program and any cost savings as a result of early treatment of prostate cancer three years from the date on which the grants were first administered under the act. This act will expire six years from the effective date, unless reauthorized by the General Assembly.

This act is identical to HB 667 (2011) and similar to SB 676 (2010).

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