Breast Cancer License Plate Program

July 23, 2014

Breast Cancer License Plate Program Breast cancer ranks second as a cause of cancer death in women in the U.S. Almost 7,000 women in Georgia will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. When identified at an early stage through mammography and clinical exams, breast cancer treatment is more effective and mortality rates improve. Because breast cancer affects a number of Georgians -- both women and men -- and no cure has been found, the Georgia General Assembly passed legislation in 2002 to create the Breast Cancer Awareness License Plate Program.

DCH subcontracts with the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE) to administer and disburse awards using the revenue received from the sale of Breast Cancer License Tags. The proceeds from the sale of the tags are used to support breast cancer-related programs for medically indigent people to reduce or eliminate health disparities. Programs may include education, breast cancer screening, grants-in-aid to breast cancer victims, pharmacy assistance programs for breast cancer victims, and other projects to encourage public support for the special license plate and the activities that it funds.

The specific target population for this grant program is minority indigent women. For this funding opportunity, indigent is defined as individuals who are uninsured, underserved and not eligible for health care public assistance. Minority is defined as those racial and ethnic populations who are underrepresented as a percentage of the general population.

Enabling Legislation Title 40: Motor Vehicle and Traffic § 40-2-86.8. Special license plates supporting breast cancer-related programs for the medically indigent.

Chapter 2: Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicles -- License plates issued pursuant to this Code section shall be transferred between vehicles as provided in Code Section 40-2-80.

(f) (1) The funds derived from the sale of the special license plates provided by this Code section, including funds derived from the annual renewal registration fee received by the department on or after January 1, 2005, less a $1 processing fee which shall be granted to county tag offices per plate sold and less the actual cost of manufacturing such plates, shall be deposited in the Indigent Care Trust Fund (ICTF) created by Code Section 31-8-152 to fund cancer screening and treatment-related programs for those persons who are medically indigent and may have breast cancer. To the extent consistent with Article III, Section IX, Paragraph VI (i) of the Constitution and Article 6 of Chapter 8 of Title 31, such programs may include education, breast cancer screening, grants-in-aid to breast cancer victims, pharmacy assistance programs for breast cancer victims, and other projects to encourage public support for the special license plate and the activities which it funds.