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Last Updated: 10/15/14 08:05:06 AM

The best protection is early detection. Breast cancer screening saves lives. Make your cancer screening appointments a priority in your life . You are worth it.

 

Women's Health Connection (WHC)
Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
 
About Women’s Health Connection
As a result of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act of 1990, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP). NBCCEDP provides low-income, uninsured, and underserved women access to timely breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services.

The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health receives funding from NBCCEDP to conduct the Women’s Health Connection (WHC) Program. Since its inception in 1997, WHC has been 100% federally funded through NBCCEDP and has provided breast and screening services to over 42, 276 women in Nevada. The goal of this program is to reduce breast and cervical cancer morbidity and mortality rates of medically underserved women in Nevada. This is accomplished through education, screening, diagnosis, and treatment. 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 pre-cancer diagnosed through the Women’s Health Connection Program have access to treatment services through Medicaid.

Care coordination/case management services ensure that WHC clients receive timely and appropriate screening and diagnostic testing and if necessary, treatment services. Care coordination also supports clients in overcoming barriers that may prevent them from receiving follow-up and regular screening services. Care coordination/case management services are a collaborative process with all providers to meet the women’s health needs.

Who Qualifies?
Women 40 years of age or older who do not have health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare Part B, HMO coverage; or whose health insurance coverage does not pay for preventative services; and who meet the Program’s income guidelines are eligible.
Covered Services

For women 40 to 49 years of age, the Program pays for the clinic office visit at a contracted clinic for the purpose of having the following procedures performed: 

  • Annual pelvic exam
  • Annual Clinical Breast Exam (the hands-on breast exam performed by a clinician)
  • Pap test in accordance with established screening schedules and guidelines
For women 50 years of age and older, the Program pays for the clinic office visit at a contracted clinic for the purpose of having the following procedures performed:
  • Annual Pelvic Exam
  • Annual Clinical Breast Exam (the hands-on breast exam performed by a clinician)
  • Pap Test in accordance with established screening schedules and guidelines• Annual Mammogram
How to Get Enrolled
In July 2011, the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health contracted through a sub-grant with Access to Healthcare Network to operate Women’s Health Connection. This partnership will increase the access to primary and specialty healthcare services for breast and cervical cancer screening. To ensure you are eligible for the program or for more general information contact Access to Healthcare Network. Contact information below.
Find free and low-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings in your area – National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Encuentre servicios para pruebas de detección del cáncer de mama y cuello uterino gratuitas o a bajo costo en su área – Programa Nacional de Detección Temprana del Cáncer de Mama y de Cuello Uterino

Access to Healthcare Network

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

State Contact Information
Department of Health and Human Services
Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health
Bureau of Child, Family, and Community Wellness
4150 Technology Way, Suite 210
Carson City, NV 89706

Shannon Bennett, BS
Policy and Health Systems Manager

(775) 684-5938

Christine Pool, BS
Women’s Health Connection Data Manager

(775) 684-4092

Melissa Madera
Provider and Compliance Training Coordinator

(775) 684-4241

Ellen Hall
Administrative Assistant

(775) 684-5940
 

 

 

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