General Guidelines for Low-Income or Uninsured Texans Seeking Cancer Care

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Updated April 2019!

Although procedures may vary between counties, here are some guidelines that may assist you in locating cancer care.

To Find a Primary Care Clinic

To find out if there is a Primary Care clinic in your area where you might be able to receive cancer screening, please go to the following Web site of the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and select Texas, then your city, and click on Find Health Centers:

For Women

Women who want to get checked for cervical cancer or breast cancer may be able to get help through a special program called Breast and Cervical Cancer Services (BCCS). The Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program services include:

  • Screening services
    • Clinical breast examination
    • Mammogram
    • Pelvic examination and Pap test
  • Diagnostic services
  • Cervical dysplasia management and treatment
  • Help applying for Medicaid for Breast and Cervical Cancer
You may receive these benefits if you:
  • Are a female.
  • Are a resident of Texas.
  • Are 18 or older.
  • Don't have health insurance.
  • Meet income requirements (200% Federal Poverty Level)
If you have been diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer and don't have health insurance that will pay for your treatment, you may be eligible to receive full Medicaid benefits by applying for Medicaid for Breast and Cervical Cancer. Contact a Breast and Cervical Cancer Services clinic to see if you qualify for this Medicaid program.

For more information, visit or call 2-1-1.

Cancer Centers

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has named four cancer centers in Texas as leaders in cancer research. Two centers are in Houston, one is in Dallas and one is in San Antonio. These centers focus on finding new treatments for cancer through clinical trial testing. To find out more, please visit the Web sites or call the numbers below:

The Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine
(713) 798-1354

Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center
214-645-8300 or 817-882-2700

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1-877-MDA-6789 (1-877-632-6789)

UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center
1-800-340-2872 or 210-450-1000

The following University of Texas state hospitals may offer financial assistance programs for low income, uninsured Texas residents. Please call to find out if you qualify:

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Financial Counseling Office: (409) 772-6464.

Other hospitals and physicians in your area may also treat low-income or uninsured patients. You would need to contact them directly for more information. Please visit the Texas Cancer Information Hospitals page at

to search for a hospital in your area that does cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment or continuing care.

For U.S. Military Veterans

If you are a veteran, you may be able to be seen at a Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic. To find out more about veterans' benefits, go to For more information, contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at the number below:

Health Benefits Hotline: 1-877-222-VETS(8387)


You may be able to find local facilities in or around your county that may possibly be able to screen or treat a low-income or uninsured cancer patient. If you are looking for help or information on services or programs in your area, please dial 2-1-1 or click on the link and type in cancer detection in the enter search term box and the zip code where you live in the enter zip code box.

Legal Aid Organizations

The following not-for-profit legal aid organizations offer professional legal help for elderly and/or low income patients who cannot access health care because they have been denied Medicare, Medicaid or health care benefits by a county agency or a hospital district. Please visit the Web sites or call the numbers below for more information:

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas
(Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to low income residents in 114 Texas counties throughout North and West Texas, with offices in Abilene, Amarillo, Brownwood, Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, Lubbock, McKinney, Midland, Odessa, Plainview, San Angelo, Waxahachie, Weatherford, and Wichita Falls.)

Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid

Lone Star Legal Aide
(In addition to their Houston headquarters, their staff works from 12 branch offices in Angleton, Beaumont, Belton, Bryan, Conroe, Galveston, Longview, Nacogdoches, Paris, Texarkana, Tyler, and Waco.)

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