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  Women’s Health Check (WHC) is a breast and cervical cancer early detection program, funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Breast and Cervical Cancer early Detection Program (NBCCEDP). WHC collaborates with other programs and agencies to plan and coordinate public and professional education designed to increase screening rates for breast and cervical cancer. All clients are assessed and referred to tobacco cessation resources, as appropriate.
Prior to enrolling in WHC, women must meet the following WHC eligibility criteria:
  • Low Income (up to 200% federal poverty level)
  • No health insurance coverage for Pap tests or mammograms U.S. Citizen or Eligible Alien (having lived in the U.S. for 5 or more years)
  • Age 50-64 for Pap test (every 3 years or every 5 years with HPV co-test), and annual Mammogram and Clinical Breast Exam
  • Age 40-49 for Pap test (every 3 years or every 5 years with HPV co-test)
    • Note: Women who have never had a Pap test or not had a Pap test in the last 5 years are at increased risk for cervical cancer and are a priority for enrollment and screening
  • Women over age 65 who are NOT eligible for Medicare, or cannot afford Medicare Part B are eligible for WHC screening

(Women over age 64 are not eligible for Medicaid treatment)

  • Limited enrollment and services are available for uninsured women age 30+ who have symptoms 
    suspicious of breast or cervical cancer, confirmed by a health care professional.
  • Exams and diagnostic tests are available from more than 400 qualified Idaho providers including 
    district health departments, clinics, tribal health facilities, gynecologists, and family practice doctors following enrollment.
    • Enrollment is simple. Dial 2-1-1 or contact a Women’s Health Check enrollment center for 
      information, and to learn if you qualify
    • Women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer through WHC, may qualify for treatment 
      through a special Medicaid program, if they are enrolled in WHC prior to a tissue diagnosis, if they are uninsured and a U.S. Citizen or Eligible Alien

What does it cover? 

  • Annual clinical breast examination (CBE);
  • Annual screening mammogram;
  • Pap test once every three years, or once every five years if HPV co-testing is performed;
  • Diagnostic services, if needed.

Most mammograms and Pap tests are normal. However, any problems found are much easier to treat when discovered early.

Changes in the cervix can be found even before cancer develops. That’s why it is important not to wait to be tested.

Be Secure. Be Sure.