Cancer Screening

Cancer screening aids in detecting cancer when it is most easily treated. The Women’s Health Connection is a breast and cervical early detection program dedicated to serving low-income, high-risk, uninsured and underinsured women living in Nevada. The program’s goal is to reduce the burden of breast and cervical cancer through education, early screening and diagnostics, care coordination and case management, and improved access to treatment.

Since its implementation in 1997, Women’s Health Connection has provided breast and cervical cancer screening to over 57,536 women in Nevada. The program receives federal funding through the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. Additional funding has been approved by the 2017 Nevada Legislative session through the passage of AB388, which will make an appropriation of $500,000 each year to support breast and cervical cancer screenings to women in Nevada. The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion partners with Access to Healthcare Network to administer the Women’s Health Connection program.

Who Is Eligible for the Women’s Health Connection Program?

You may be eligible for the program if you meet the following criteria:

  • Residency: You must live in Nevada.
  • Gender: Women’s Health Connection services are available to biological women, transgender men (female to male), and transgender women (male to female) who have received hormone therapy.
  • Age: Women who are 21-64 years of age may qualify.
  • Income: You must be at or below 250% of the federal poverty rate.
  • Insurance status: You must be uninsured or underinsured to qualify.

Please contact the State of Nevada Health Division’s partner, Access to Healthcare Network at 1-(877) 385-2345 to see if you qualify. Women’s Health Connection evaluates emergency situations on a case by case basis. If you are experiencing an emergency situation, please contact the program immediately.

How Do I Enroll into the Women’s Health Connection Program?

There are three ways to enroll into Women’s Health Connection:

  • Call Access to Healthcare Network Call Center (Reno) at 1-877-385-2345,
  • Make an appointment with Access to Healthcare Network, or
  • Schedule an appointment with a Federally Qualified Health Center (Community Health Alliance, Nevada Health Centers, Northern Nevada HOPES), a local community health nurse or county health department, or Guadalupe Medical Center (Las Vegas).

What Services Are Covered?

Women’s Health Connection provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings for women who meet eligibility guidelines. Covered services can include a pelvic exam, Pap test, HPV test, clinical breast exam, mammogram, and diagnostic services such as ultrasound, colposcopy, or biopsy, if needed.

What If I Have Been Diagnosed with Breast or Cervical Cancer?

As a result of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-354), eligible women screened and diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer, or found to have high-grade cervical precancer diagnosed through the Women’s Health Connection program have access to treatment services through Medicaid. If you have been diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer outside the program, please contact Access to Healthcare Network at 1-877-385-2345 to discuss treatment options.

Additional Resources

Download the Nevada Breast and Cervical Toolkit to the right and visit our YouTube channel for more information.