From DHW Director Dave Jeppesen: Idaho Women’s Health Check provides free mammograms, other exams to low-income, uninsured women in Idaho

October 7, 2022
DHW Director Dave Jeppesen

Women’s Health Check is a breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic testing program for low-income, uninsured women in Idaho. It is a valuable resource for eligible women to get screening services such as mammograms, Pap tests, pelvic exams, and  other diagnostic testing.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s important to me that women in Idaho know these services are available so they can get screened regularly – it could help save their lives. Strengthening the health and safety of all Idahoans is a critical part of our mission at the Department of Health and Welfare.

Idaho has one of the lowest breast cancer screening rates in the United States, even though breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Idaho ranks 50 out of 52 for breast cancer screening. I would love to change that number. 

When breast or cervical cancer is found early, it increases the chance of successful treatment. Ninety-eight percent of women will survive at least five years after an early detection. That’s why regular screenings are so important.

In addition, women screened or diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer may be eligible to receive treatment through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Medicaid Program, which may include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and drug therapy. 

You can learn more about the Idaho Women’s Health Check Program on our website at https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/services-programs/medicaid-health/womens-health-fit-fall-quit-smoking/womens-health-check.

To see if you are eligible for Medicaid, visit https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/services-programs/medicaid-health/apply-medicaid.

I hope you have a safe and healthy weekend! 

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is dedicated to strengthening the health, safety, and independence of Idahoans. Learn more at healthandwelfare.idaho.gov.