Breast Cancer License Tag Program   

Please consider purchasing a Breast Cancer License Tag this year

Georgia CORE recently announced awards to eight organizations throughout the state through a program funded by the sale of Georgia specialty Breast Cancer License Tags. Georgia CORE has administered the grant program on behalf of the state Office of Rural Health in the Department of Community Health since 2012, but has seen a decline in sales of the tag in recent years. In fact, in 2017 only $300,000 in grant money was available -- less than half of what was awarded annually from 2014-2016, and considerably lower than the $1.1 million available per year in past years. 
 
“The trend is alarming,” said Angie Patterson, Vice President of Georgia CORE and 18-year breast cancer survivor. “The money from the sales of the tags goes towards education, screening and treatment for underserved Georgians. With the current uncertainty in the insurance market, the need for assistance in considerable.”
 
So why have sales dropped? The answer is not clear-cut. When the program was started in 2003, the number of competing specialty plates was far less than today. Breast Cancer is now among many causes on the state’s menu of license plates available, and it is hard to find on the site. The price has also increased for new buyers, with a $25 manufacturing fee, a $20 annual registration and $35 charge for the special tag, totaling $80. Those renewing pay $35, but only $22 from a new OR renewed tag goes to the Breast Cancer License Tag Fund.
 
Georgia CORE is working with state legislators to look at the policy and costs associated with the production and sales of the tag to identify how it can be improved to generate more of these much needed funds. The team is also working to raise awareness of the program itself.
 
“Not being able to fund programs that have depended on these dollars for years is heartbreaking,” concluded Angie.
 
 

Georgia’s Breast Cancer License Tag Fund awards $275,000 to local programs for uninsured patients

Thanks to Georgia residents who purchased Breast Cancer License Tags, eight organizations across the state have been awarded grants totaling $275,000 for breast cancer education, screening and treatment for underserved Georgians. Twenty-two dollars ($22) of the fee for each tag purchased or renewed funds the awards, administered by Georgia CORE on behalf of the State Office of Rural Health in the Department of Community Health.

“While Georgia has increased breast cancer screening rates, not all women – particularly those without health insurance – receive appropriate screening or treatment,” says Angie Patterson, Vice President of Georgia CORE and a 17-year breast cancer survivor.  “The work these grants support will help identify breast cancer at an earlier stage, making treatment more effective.

“We hope that more Georgians will purchase the tags to provide more resources for underserved women,” she added.

The 2018 Breast Cancer License Tag Fund Awardees are Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta; Susan G. Komen, Atlanta; Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia; Center for Black Women’s Wellness, Atlanta; East Georgia Cancer Coalition, Athens; Northwest Georgia Partnership, Dalton; West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition, Columbus; and YWCA of Greater Atlanta.

Grant reviewers included Karen Beard, Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology; Lanell Bellury, Mercer University; Cynthia George, Horizons Community Solutions; Cecilia Hammond, MSN, RN, Genomic Health; Tamira Moon, MPH, CHES, Georgia Department of Public Health; Nanette Turner, Mercy University; and Kimberly Redding, MD, MPH, Morehouse School of Medicine.

2017 Breast Cancer License Tag Grantees  (Press Release)

Center for Black Women’s Wellness 
East Georgia Cancer Coalition 
Horizons Community Solutions
Meadows Regional Medical Center 
West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition 
YWCA of Greater Atlanta 
 

2014-2015 Breast Cancer License Tag Grantees

To view the abstracts of BCLT's 2015 Round 2 grantees, click here.

December 2015 Grantees

Boat People SOS, Inc.
Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. (CPACS)
Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, St. Joseph's/Candler Hospital
Meadows Regional Medical Center
Northside Hospital
St. Joseph's Mercy Care Services
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate
University Hospital System
West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition
YWCA of Atlanta

January 2015 Grantees

Cancer Coalition of South Georgia
Northwest Healthcare Partnership
Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center

December 2014 Grantees

Boat People SOS Inc.
Grady Health Foundation
Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition
St. Joseph's Mercy Care Services Inc.
St. Joseph's/Candler Hospital
West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition
YWCA of Greater Atlanta

June 2014 Grantees

Athens Regional Foundation
Center for Black Women's Wellness
Central Georgia Cancer Coalition
Center for Pan Asian Community Services
East Georgia Cancer Coalition
Gwinnett Medical Center
Hearts & Hands Clinic
Meadows Regional Medical Center
Northside Hospital Cancer Institute
Susan G. Komen - Atlanta Affiliate

Statewide Contract Awardees

Georgia Department of Public Health - Georgia Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP)

 

The Georgia Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) (the Chronic Disease Prevention Section of the Georgia Department of Public Health) provides access to timely breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services throughout the state to female residents.  Services are available for women with limited annual income, as well as uninsured (no current health insurance) and underinsured (limited health insurance) and women who are between the ages of 40-64 for breast cancer and 21-64 for cervical cancer.

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Genetic Testing Fund

 

The Breast Cancer License Tag Genetic Testing Fund was established by Georgia CORE in January 2014. This Fund will help underinsured Georgians with a family history of Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) who would otherwise not be able to afford genetic testing or have no insurance coverage for it receive needed genetic testing. The application is available online and encourages genetic counseling by requiring that the submission be completed by a genetic services provider as defined under Commission on Cancer Standard 2.3. To access the online application, click here. For more information, email info@georgiacore.org.