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Women's Health Connection (WHC)


Mission Statement

The mission of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotions is to maximize the health of Nevadans by improving policy, systems and environment that influence quality of life.

    What is the Women's Health Connection Program?

    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 Women's Health Connection Program (WHC) Program. WHC is a breast and cervical cancer early detection program dedicated to serving low-income, high-risk, uninsured/underinsured women living in Nevada. The goal of the WHC is to reduce the burden of breast and cervical cancer through education, early screening and diagnostics, care coordination/case management, and improved accessibility to treatment. WHC is 100% federally funded through the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.

      Am I Eligible for the Women's Health Connection Program?

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

      •  Gender:  Biological women, transgender men (female to male), and transgender women (male to female) who have received hormone therapy.
      • Residency:  You must live in Nevada.
      • Age:  Currently WHC only has funding to serve women who are 40 years of age or older. However, WHC evaluates emergency situations on a case by case basis. If you are experiencing an emergency situation, please contact the program immediately.
      • Income guidelines: You must be at or below 250% of the federal poverty rate.
      • Insurance status: You must be uninsured or underinsured to qualify. WHC is a payor of last resort program with the exception of Indian Health Services (IHS).

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

        There are three ways to enroll into the WHC Program:

        • Make an appointment with a Federally Qualified Health Center (Community Health Alliance, Nevada Health Centers, Northern Nevada HOPES), Community Health Nurse, County Health Department (Carson City, Douglas County, Washoe County) or Guadalupe Medical Center (Las Vegas).
        • Call the Access to Healthcare Network Call Center (Reno) 1-877-385-2345.
        • Make an appointment with the Access to Healthcare Network.

          The WHC Program requires you to verify your eligibility status. You will need to be able to show proof of age, income, and Nevada residency. Verification is required during enrollment and annual re-enrollment.

            What Services are Covered?

            The WHC Program only covers breast and cervical cancer screening. You may be eligible for a sustainable insurance product such as Nevada Medicaid or a plan through the Health Exchange Market Place.

              WHC clients receive the following services:

              Women age 40 - 49 years old:

              • Annual pelvic exam
              • Annual Clinical Breast Exam (the hands-on breast exam performed by a clinician)
              • Pap test every 3 years or Pap test with HPV Co-Testing every 5 years
              • Diagnostic services following an abnormal exam

              Women age 50 and older: 

              • 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 screening mammogram

                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 pre-cancer diagnosed through the Women's Health Connection Program have access to treatment services through Medicaid. If you have been diagnosed outside the program, please contact the Access to Healthcare Network to discuss treatment options.

                 

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                    Contact Us

                    Kellie Ducker
                    4150 Technology Way
                    Carson City, NV 89706
                    Phone: (775) 684-2200
                    Fax: (775) 684-4245

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                    Last Updated: 8/21/2015