The Cancer State Aid Treatment Program was established in 1937 by the Georgia legislature at the request of Georgia physicians to provide cancer treatment to uninsured and under-insured low-income cancer patients. This treatment program is available to eligible Georgians who would benefit most from treatment. The cost of treatment is paid for by the state. Physicians donate their services.
- Inpatient and outpatient cancer treatment at participating hospitals
- Outpatient chemotherapy and radiation therapy at approved freestanding chemotherapy and radiation centers
- Outpatient chemotherapy and other cancer related drugs provided by private pharmacies (prior approval is required from the Cancer State Aid Program)
- Limited outpatient cancer related services provided by home health agencies (prior approval is required from the Cancer State Aid Program)
- Must have cancer that will benefit from treatment
- Must have an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (about $19,000 for an individual and $38,000 for a family of four)
- Must have either no or limited health insurance coverage. (Will not cover patients with full coverage Medicaid)
- Must be a Georgia resident who is a U.S. citizen or qualified alien.
- Must be accepted for treatment by a physician affiliated with a participating facility. Patient must also receive treatment at a participating facility.
New patients are prioritized and accepted based on cancer site, stage and expected treatment effectiveness as described in the latest scientific literature and cancer survival rates. Applications are accepted based on the availability of state funds.
Patients must make application through the participating Cancer State Aid facility (PDF) from which treatment is being received. Designated staff at participating facilities will assist the patient in completion and submission of the application. Final eligibility decisions will be made by the Cancer State Aid Program. Patients may call the Cancer State Aid Program at 404-463-5111 for further information.
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