Southeastern Idaho Public Health

Women’s Health Check

Women’s Health Check

Women's Health Check offers free breast and cervical cancer screening to women who qualify. Exams are available from more than 250 qualified Idaho providers including district health departments, clinics, tribal health facilities,gynecologists, and family practice doctors.

To see if you qualify contact Women's Health Check at (208) 239-5290, or call the Idaho Careline by dialing 211.

How did it get started?

Recognizing the value of screening and early detection, Congress passed the Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act of 1990, which established the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP). The NBCCEDP provides screening services, including clinical breast examinations, mammograms, pelvic examinations, and Pap test to underserved women. The NBCCEDP also funds post-screening diagnostic and case management services.

How long has it been available in Idaho?

Idaho's Women's Health Check (WHC) program was federally funded in October 1996 for comprehensive screening through a Cooperative Agreement with the NBCCEDP. By spring 1997, the program was launched locally, with three Health Districts piloting the program. WHC now has contracted to coordinate screening and diagnostic services for eligible Women's Health Check partners to provide breast and cervical cancer education and outreach opportunities, and clinical breast exam training for health care professionals.

Eligibility for Women’s Health Check Program

You must meet the following criteria to be eligible for women’s health check program:

  • Women with income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL)
  • No health insurance coverage
  • U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen (with at least 5 years of residency)
  • Age 21-64 (services do vary depending on age)
  • Women over age 65 who are NOT eligible for Medicare or cannot afford Medicare Part B

Please click here for further information on services and eligibility https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/services-programs/medicaid-health/womens-health-fit-fall-quit-smoking/womens-health-check

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