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.

Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP)

The Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP) is an early detection program dedicated to serving low-income, high-risk, uninsured/underinsured men and women aged 50 – 64 living in Nevada. The goal of the CRCCP is to reduce the burden of colorectal cancer through education, early screening and diagnostics, care coordination/case management, and improved accessibility to treatment. The funding also supports health systems change, data collection and surveillance, public education, outreach, provider education, and evaluation activities to measure the clinical outcomes, costs, and effectiveness of the program. CRCCP is 100% federally funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Section partners with the Access to Healthcare Network (AHN) to administer the Colorectal Cancer Control Program.

 Who Is Eligible for the Colorectal Cancer Control Program?

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

  • Men and Women aged 50 – 64
  • At or below 250% of the federal poverty rate
  • Uninsured or underinsured

Please contact the State of Nevada Health Division’s partner, Access to Healthcare Network at 1-(877) 385-2345 to see if you qualify.

What Services Are Covered?

  • Fecal immunochemical test (FIT) done at home every year. A FIT is a simple at-home test that can detect blood in the stool, a possible sign of cancer;
  • Colonoscopy recommended every 10 years. A colonoscopy can detect cancer early in the entire colon, and it can find precancerous polyps that can be removed before they turn into cancer.
  • Care coordination/case management services ensure that CRCCP clients receive timely and appropriate screening and diagnostic testing.

How Do I Enroll into the Colorectal Cancer Control Program?

To find out if you are eligible for screening or to receive general information, contact Access to Healthcare Network.

  • Toll free help line 1-877-385-2345 (Se habla Español)

Additional Resources

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

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