Presented by The American Lung Association and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Lung cancer is the nation's leading cancer killer of both women and men in the United States, accounting for approximately 22% of cancer deaths. Detecting lung cancer in early stages versus late stage is often the difference between life and death. Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening among those at high risk for lung cancer can help detect this disease earlier and has been shown to reduce the lung cancer death rate by up to 20%.
The American Lung Association and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have partnered to improve coverage for LDCT screenings for individuals at high risk for lung cancer in state Medicaid programs. Below are a number of resources for public health and lung health organizations, state and location coalitions, and healthcare professionals to use in their work on this issue.
Lung Cancer Screening Coverage in State Medicaid Fee-for-Service Programs
As of September 2021, 40 Medicaid fee-for-service programs cover lung cancer screening, 7 programs do not provide coverage, and 3 states did not have coverage information available.
Medicaid fee-for-service programs that cover lung cancer screening vary in eligibility criteria and barriers to screening, including prior authorization and cost sharing. Find out more about eligibility criteria, prior authorization and cost sharing for lung cancer screening in state Medicaid fee-for-service programs.
Factsheets & Materials
- Medicaid Expansion and Lung Cancer Factsheet
- Letter from American Lung Association and MD Anderson Cancer Center on Lung Cancer Screening
- Letter from National Organizations in Support of Lung Cancer Screening
- Fact Sheet: Access to Lung Cancer Screening in Medicaid
- How to Find Lung Cancer Screening Coverage Information for a Medicaid Plan
- Lung Cancer Screening Coverage Infographic
- American Lung Association and MD Anderson Cancer Center Webcast on Lung Cancer Screening Coverage in State Medicaid Programs, March 19, 2019
- American Lung Association Webcast on Policies and Strategies to Improve Lung Cancer Screening Rates, July 14, 2020
Healthcare Provider Resources
- US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation
- Results from the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial
- Research on Lung Cancer Screening Utilization
MD Anderson Cancer Center Resources:
- About Lung Cancer
- Lung Cancer Screening
- Provider Algorithms on Lung Screening
- EndTobacco® Program
- Lung Cancer Moon Shot™
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Page last updated: September 7, 2021